Skin cancer comes in several shapes and forms. That’s why a suitably trained doctor will often be able to diagnose it on examination.
Doctors working at our Skin2 centres have completed extra training and are experienced in using a ‘dermatoscope’.
Dermoscopy is a highly valuable tool in skin cancer diagnosis because it uses both polarised and non-polarised light, powerful LEDs and magnification to actually see under the skin surface.
Some diagnoses will require a biopsy. This is a procedure where a portion of the skin is removed for testing in the laboratory. Often this will be done to confirm what is suspected so that a full removal of the skin cancer and appropriate margins for that cancer type may be properly planned.