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How is nodular melanoma diagnosed?

The first step of diagnosing nodular melanoma usually involves a visual inspection. Nodular melanoma is often diagnosed later than other types of melanoma because it takes longer for a person to notice the symptoms, since the growths typically spread deeper into the skin rather than wider across the skin. A doctor will first look at the growth and, if nodular melanoma is suspected, perform a biopsy. This procedure involves removing all or part of the growth and analyzing it under a microscope.

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