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How is stage 4 basal cell carcinoma diagnosed?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Usually, diagnosing stage 4 basal cell carcinoma begins with a physical exam that includes a visual inspection 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. In earlier stages where the growth is still small, it can be biopsied by simply shaving off the skin's top layers. However, for most stage 4 basal cell carcinoma, the tumor is larger and deeper so doctors may choose to surgically remove part or all of the growth.

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