How is stage 0 basal cell carcinoma diagnosed?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Usually, diagnosing stage 0 basal cell carcinoma begins with a physical exam that includes a visual examination of the tumor and a review of your medical history. To confirm diagnosis, doctors will do a biopsy, which involves removing all or part of the growth and analyzing it under a microscope. For stage 0 basal cell carcinoma, the growth can be biopsied by simply shaving off the skin's top layers rather than surgically cutting out the entire growth.

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