A biopsy of the suspicious lesion is the only way to find out for sure if you have skin cancer. Your doctor will remove a small amount of tissue from the area. The sample then is looked at under a microscope. This also helps your doctor plan the best treatment for you.
Getting a Second Opinion at MD Anderson
The pathologists at MD Anderson are highly specialized in diagnosing skin cancer, from the more common to the extremely rare. We welcome the opportunity to provide second opinions for skin cancer.
Research shows that many cancers can be prevented if people applied everything known about cancer prevention to their lives.
Some people have an elevated risk of developing skin cancer. Review the skin cancer screening guidelines to see if you need to be tested.
Behavioral and lifestyle changes can help prevent skin cancer. Visit our prevention and screening section to learn how to manage your risk.
In rare cases, skin cancer can be passed down from one generation to the next. Genetic counseling may be right for you. Visit our genetic testing page to learn more.