After your initial consultation, if your specialist thinks that a mole, lump or other problem area of skin may be cancerous, they will undertake a skin biopsy to investigate further.
What is a skin biopsy?
A biopsy involves removing some of the skin cells for examination under a microscope. The removal of the skin is performed under local anaesthetic and usually only takes a few minutes. The skin sample is then examined under the microscope to check for the presence of cancer cells, and if they are present, what type of skin cancer has developed.
Having a skin biopsy does not automatically mean you have skin cancer, as skin biopsies are often taken as a precaution to rule out cancer. Your result may come back clear and the cause of your skin problem will be investigated further.