Tests and Diagnosis

The first step in screening for skin cancer is an examination of the skin to look for changes. If done regularly by both you and your doctor, the chance of detecting and treating cancer early is much greater. In addition to a regular examination, your physician may want to run one of these tests.

Body Scan

  • To assist the doctor in mole mapping for the early detection of skin cancer
  • The doctor looks at the skin of the entire body, often with a microscope. Some moles may be measured so your doctor can track whether they grow.
  • The doctor will identify moles that appear to be abnormal.

FotoFinder Dermoscope Test

  • To assist the doctor in mole mapping for the early detection of skin cancer
  • Using an instrument called a FotoFinder dermoscope, each mole is compared with previous images taken of it.
  • Normal moles will not change over time.

Skin Biopsy

  • To determine whether a suspicious area contains cancerous cells
  • A small sample of skin is removed for laboratory analysis




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