How skin cancer is diagnosed

Skin cancer is diagnosed by physical examination and biopsy.

Biopsy is a quick and simple procedure where part or all of the spot is removed and sent to a laboratory. It may be done by our doctor or you might be referred to a dermatologist or surgeon. Results may take about a week to come through.

How skin cancer is treated

In choosing the best treatment option, your doctor may consider such things as your age and general health, the type and size of cancer, where it is on your body and what you want. The treatment choice will also depend on whether the skin cancer has spread elsewhere in your body.

Types of treatment may include:

  • surgery
  • curettage or scraping
  • a cream
  • freezing
  • radiotherapy
  • chemotherapy

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