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How is stage 2 basal cell carcinoma diagnosed?

Usually, diagnosing stage 2 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 earlier stages of basal cell carcinoma, the growth is usually still small and can be biopsied by simply shaving off the skin's top layers. However, for stage 2 basal cell carcinoma, the tumor may be larger or deeper, so doctors may choose to surgically remove part or all of the growth.

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