How will a doctor diagnose basal cell carcinoma (BCC)?

Many doctors might be able to tell immediately by looking whether or not a spot is BCC. However, the doctor will do a biopsy to be sure. This means that the doctor will remove a piece of the lump or skin area so that it can be checked under a microscope.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 07/05/2019.

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