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How is stage 3 melanoma diagnosed?

The first step in diagnosing stage 3 melanoma usually involves a visual inspection of the unusual skin growth or mole. If the doctor suspects melanoma, a biopsy will be performed, which involves removing the growth and analyzing it under a microscope. Since the size of the lesion may vary in stage 3 melanoma, the method for biopsy depends on the size and depth of the lesion. If it's a small mole or growth, the doctor will likely remove the whole growth for the biopsy. If the growth is larger, a doctor will usually remove only a part of the growth. If melanoma is confirmed, doctors will analyze the thickness and depth of the growth to confirm the stage of the cancer. Doctors may also remove the lymph nodes closest to the melanoma to determine how far the cancer has spread.

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