Skin Cancer Diagnosis

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Mitotic Rate and Your Melanoma Pathology Report

An important part of your melanoma pathology report, the mitotic rate is a measurement of how fast tumor cells are dividing in patients with melanoma. One way to better understand your melanoma diagnosis and the resulting treatment strategy is to...

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How Nodular Melanoma Is Diagnosed

Nodular melanoma may be diagnosed through at-home skin checks, a physical exam of the skin by a doctor, lab tests, and imaging tests. Nodular melanoma is a fast-growing, aggressive form of skin cancer that presents as a firm, raised lesion on the...

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How Merkel Cell Carcinoma Is Diagnosed

Merkel cell carcinoma is diagnosed with a physical exam, skin biopsy, lymph node biopsy, and imaging studies. Merkel cell carcinoma is a rare type of skin cancer with a high risk for spreading (metastasizing) to other areas of the body. This...

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How Bowen's Disease Is Diagnosed

Bowen's disease cannot be self-diagnosed. A doctor will diagnose Bowen's disease based on a physical examination of the skin and in some cases a skin biopsy. Bowen's disease is a skin disorder that presents as red or brownish patches of...

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Skin Cancer Diagnosis

If you have a suspicious blemish, your doctor may use a biopsy, imaging, or blood tests to diagnose skin cancer. Learn what to expect from each procedure.

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Melanoma Staging: What Each Diagnosis Reveals

What is melanoma staging and why is it important? Each stage indicates how much the cancer has progressed and what treatments may be needed. Melanoma is the most aggressive form of skin cancer. Melanoma staging is the process that's used to...

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Overview of the Different Types of Melanoma

Learn more about the four major types of melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, that have distinct characteristics and potential for metastasis. Melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, develops in the cells (melanocytes) that...

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What Is Dermoscopy?

Dermoscopy is the examination of the skin using a handheld device called a dermatoscope. It is chiefly used to evaluate pigmented skin lesions. Dermoscopy is the examination of skin lesions using a handheld device, called a dermatoscope. Dermoscopy...

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How Deadly Is Skin Cancer?

Although the cure rate of skin cancer is high if caught early, certain types like melanoma are more dangerous and may spread more rapidly than others. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. If detected early, survival rates for...

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The Different Types of Skin Cancer Biopsies

Your doctor may recommend a skin cancer biopsy if you have a suspicious spot on your skin. Find out which type of skin biopsy may be done and why. If you have a suspicious spot on your skin, your doctor may recommend a biopsy to check for skin...

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How Skin Cancer Is Diagnosed

The diagnosis of skin cancer is usually made with either a shave, punch, or excisional biopsy, with further tests such as CT, MRI, and PET for staging. If you or your physician find an abnormality on your skin that might be skin cancer, a biopsy is...

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