Find out about local excision (also known as skin biopsy) and what happens next
Melanoma is a serious form of cancer that arises when the pigment-producing cells in the skin (melanocytes) may display as a mole or lesion that grows, changes shape, or colour.
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Procedures and surgery
If a dermatologist has any concern that you have a melanoma, the mole or lesion will be removed during a relatively small procedure called a local excision and the area removed will be examined under a microscope looking for melanoma cells. If a melanoma is diagnosed, your medical team may recommend further investigations to help understand the extent of your melanoma
If your local excision shows you have a melanoma you will need a wide local excision (find out more)
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