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How is lentigo maligna melanoma diagnosed?

The first step of diagnosing lentigo maligna melanoma usually involves a visual inspection. If you notice an unusual growth on your own skin, especially on your face, neck, or hands, see a doctor right away. The doctor will visually examine the growth to see if it meets the criteria for lentigo maligna melanoma. If the doctor suspects melanoma, a biopsy may be performed, which involves removing the growth and a small part of the surrounding skin and analyzing it under a microscope. Once a diagnosis is made, the doctor can determine the best course of treatment for you.

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