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What happens during a skin cancer screening? Do they take biopsy tests?

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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: Exam +/- biopsy

First, your doctor will examine your skin primarily by looking at it.
If any suspicious lesions are noted, he may recommend biopsy or treatment with liquid nitrogen. This is done in the office, and is not a big ordeal.

In brief: Exam +/- biopsy

First, your doctor will examine your skin primarily by looking at it.
If any suspicious lesions are noted, he may recommend biopsy or treatment with liquid nitrogen. This is done in the office, and is not a big ordeal.
Dr. Mike Bowman
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Dr. Richard Orr
Surgery - Oncology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Depends

Most group screenings are set up to see many patients in a small time frame.
If that is the case, suspicious lesions will be referred and biopsy done at another time. However, if you see a dermatologist in his/her office, you may have the biopsy done at the original office visit if needed.

In brief: Depends

Most group screenings are set up to see many patients in a small time frame.
If that is the case, suspicious lesions will be referred and biopsy done at another time. However, if you see a dermatologist in his/her office, you may have the biopsy done at the original office visit if needed.
Dr. Richard Orr
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