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Getting diagnosed

Your GP decides whether you need to see a specialist. Some GP's have had specialist training and experience and can carry out the tests. This means that you may not need to see a specialist.

Seeing your GP

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

Referral to a specialist

Find out when GPs refer people to see a skin cancer specialist. 


Screening means testing people for early stages of an illness before they have any symptoms.

Tests to diagnose

The main test to diagnose skin cancer is to take a sample (biopsy) of the area. Find out about the different biopsies. 

Tests to stage

You might have some more tests if your doctor thinks your skin cancer has spread.

Last reviewed: 
25 Jul 2017

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