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How is stage 4 melanoma diagnosed?

Diagnosing stage 4 melanoma may begin with a visual inspection of the unusual skin growth or mole. If a skin growth suggests melanoma, a biopsy will be performed, which involves removing the growth and analyzing it under a microscope. 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. Sometimes, though, tumors may be noticed in other organs before a skin lesion is even discovered. At that point, doctors may need to biopsy other areas, such as lymph nodes and other organs. A doctor may also use an imaging scan, such as an X-ray, MRI, or CT scan, to determine where cancer is present in other areas of the body.

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