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Do I need a biopsy if my doctor spots something suspicious on my skin?

Dr. Ellen Marmur, MD
Dermatology
If you need a biopsy, your doctor should take care of it immediately and get it over with that day, depending on how involved it might be. There are different methods used to obtain a sample for a pathologist, and some are less invasive than others. No matter which manner of biopsy your dermatologist chooses, it should take no longer than a few minutes. You get the results of a biopsy within a week by phone.
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