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Getting diagnosed

Your GP will look at your mole, or abnormal area on your skin. They will ask you what you have noticed about it.

They will decide about whether to refer you for tests or to a specialist. If you have a melanoma you will have more tests to find out how big it is and whether it has spread, this is called staging. 


Get more information on what screening is and the best way of picking up melanoma skin cancer early.

Seeing your GP

 What happens when you see your GP and how to get the most out of your appointment.

Referral to a specialist

Your GP should arrange for you to see a specialist within 2 weeks if you have skin changes that could be due to melanoma skin cancer. 

Tests to diagnose

Find out about tests to diagnose melanoma.

Tests to stage

The stage of a cancer tells you how big it is and whether it has spread.

Last reviewed: 
12 Feb 2016

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