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How is stage 3 squamous cell carcinoma diagnosed?

The first step in diagnosing stage 3 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 stage 3 squamous cell carcinoma, they will perform a biopsy, which involves removing a part of the affected skin and analyzing it under a microscope. At stage 3, the squamous cell carcinomas are usually larger and deeper, so doctors often surgically remove part or all of the growth for analysis. If doctors suspect that the cancer has spread to nearby lymph nodes, they may also biopsy nearby lymph nodes and other nearby tissue.

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