20 doctors weighed in:
How do you diagnose melanoma?
20 doctors weighed in

Dr. Murthy Andavolu
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
10 doctors agree
In brief: Biopsy
Any suspicious looking skin lesion, esp if it grows fast or changes in color or starts bleeing, needs to be biopsied.
It will reveal melanoma if present.

In brief: Biopsy
Any suspicious looking skin lesion, esp if it grows fast or changes in color or starts bleeing, needs to be biopsied.
It will reveal melanoma if present.
Dr. Murthy Andavolu
Dr. Murthy Andavolu
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Dr. Julio Guerra
Biopsy is the definitive test for dx melanomas. However, screening for melanomas utilizing the three point checklist is an effective methodology, Three points include: 1) Aysmmetry 2) Atypical Network 3) Blue-White Structures. Follow this link for more info: http://www.dermoscopy-ids.org/discussion/docs/3PT_Tutorial.pdf
Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
3 doctors agree
In brief: Biopsy
As noted above, but also the acronym abcd is helpful to see which lesions should be biopsied: a- asymmetry, b-irregular borders, c-varied color, d- diameter >6mm.

In brief: Biopsy
As noted above, but also the acronym abcd is helpful to see which lesions should be biopsied: a- asymmetry, b-irregular borders, c-varied color, d- diameter >6mm.
Dr. Mike Bowman
Dr. Mike Bowman
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Dr. Paul Cohen
agree; but do not forget about "E" which was recently added to the acronym(which stand for evolving)
Dr. Keith Denkler
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Needs a Biopsy
Melanomas need to be excised as a biopsy as the diagnosis is from the pathological analysis.
Clinical exam alone is not sufficient for a diagnosis.

In brief: Needs a Biopsy
Melanomas need to be excised as a biopsy as the diagnosis is from the pathological analysis.
Clinical exam alone is not sufficient for a diagnosis.
Dr. Keith Denkler
Dr. Keith Denkler
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Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgery - Oncology
In brief: Skin biopsy
A small biopsy is performed on the skin lesion and this is sent to a trained pathologist who examines the skin and give a diagnosis.

In brief: Skin biopsy
A small biopsy is performed on the skin lesion and this is sent to a trained pathologist who examines the skin and give a diagnosis.
Dr. Travis Kidner
Dr. Travis Kidner
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