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Head and Neck Cancer Skin Cancer Diagnosis


Many patients come to us after skin cancer treatment with another healthcare provider. Often a dermatologist or family care doctor will decide that the skin cancer needs treatment from a head and neck specialist.

For those who need a diagnosis, we can often diagnose skin cancer during your first office visit. The methods we use to diagnose aggressive head and neck skin cancer include:

  • Skin exam: We may look at the growth or mole to see if we need to do further testing.
  • Biopsy: We’ll remove all or part of the growth so our pathologists can study it under a microscope. This will tell us if you have cancer and what type of cancer it is. Many aggressive head and neck skin cancers require a surgical biopsy so we can determine how far the cancer has spread.