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What happens during a skin cancer screening?

Dr. Ellen Marmur, MD
Dermatology
Watch as dermatologist Dr. Ellen Marmur reveals exactly what happens during a skin cancer screening.
Susan Evans
Dermatology
A preliminary diagnosis of skin cancer is usually done visually by a trained physician. If you notice any changes on your skin, you should consult your doctor immediately. Skin cancer patient that are diagnosed and treated early have a much higher survival rate. If cancer is suspected, a biopsy may then be performed.

There are 2 types of biopsies that may occur at that stage. An excision biopsy cuts away the entire growth, which may remove all of the cancer without requiring further treatment. An incision biopsy only takes a sample of the potential cancer growth. If cancer is confirmed then further treatment will be needed.

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