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How is mucosal melanoma diagnosed?

Diagnosing mucosal melanoma may be difficult because symptoms aren't usually visible. By the time any symptoms are noticed, the cancer is usually quite advanced. Generally, mucosal melanoma is found during routine check-ups from specialists such as dentists and gynecologists. If the doctor suspects melanoma, a biopsy may be performed, which involves removing the suspected growth and analyzing it under a microscope. Doctors may also biopsy the nearby lymph nodes to see whether the mucosal melanoma has spread.

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