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How is squamous cell carcinoma diagnosed?

The first step in diagnosing squamous cell carcinoma is usually a physical exam that includes an inspection of your skin and a review of your medical history. Then, if doctors suspect squamous cell carcinoma, they will perform a biopsy, which involves removing a part of the affected skin and analyzing it under a microscope. Most of the time, doctors will shave off the skin's top layers to biopsy the squamous cell carcinoma. Sometimes, for larger or deeper tumors, doctors may cut out all or a part of the growth.

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