Skin Cancer Screening & Diagnosis | Sentara Cancer Network
Sentara.com
You have saved None as your preferred region Undo or Change Region
HR
Hampton Roads
Login for:
Search:
Go Search
Home Services Cancer Skin Cancer Screening & Diagnosis

Screening & Diagnosis 

Skip navigation links
Sentara Cancer Network Home
Skin Cancer Home
About Skin Cancer
Prevention
Skin Cancer Treatment
Patient Stories
Find a Doctor

Checking your skin regularly for growths or changes is the best way to screen for skin cancer and melanoma. The National Cancer Institute provides guidelines on how to do a skin self-exam.

If you do notice a change in your skin, make an appointment with your doctor. During your visit, the doctor will conduct a skin examination and try to find our if the skin abnormalities are due to cancer or another cause. The only sure way to diagnose skin cancer is through a biopsy.

Biopsy

During a biopsy, all or part of the abnormal-looking growth is cut from the skin and viewed under a microscope by a pathologist to see if cancer cells are present. There are four common types of biopsies:

Punch biopsy
The doctor uses a sharp, hollow tool to remove a circle of tissue from the abnormal area.

Incisional biopsy
The doctor uses a scalpel to remove part of the growth.

Excisional biopsy
The doctor uses a scalpel to remove the entire growth and some tissue around it.

Shave biopsy
The doctor uses a thin, sharp blade to shave off the abnormal growth.

Learn more about the diagnosis of skin cancer and melanoma from the National Cancer Institute.



Contact Us
Get Social with Sentara Sentara on Facebook Sentara on Twitter Sentara on Flickr Sentara on FourSquare Sentara Today Blog Sentara on YouTube
Your community, not-for-profit health partner.
Copyright © 2014 Sentara Healthcare.
Contact Us   About Sentara Healthcare   Privacy Policy   User Agreement   Mobile Site