Biopsies & Excisions

During a skin check, your doctor might notice a suspicious lesion and want to remove a small sample for further testing, called a skin biopsy. Biopsies are normal and common procedures during skin checks – they can be done very quickly, inside your doctor’s office, and under local anaesthetic. These small samples are sent to a specialised skin pathology laboratory to be diagnosed by a qualified pathologist. Accurate and confirmed diagnosis helps our doctors determine the best treatment plan for you.

How does it work?

Excisions are the second stage of skin cancer removal. If your skin biopsy returns with a confirmed skin cancer diagnosis, your doctor may schedule surgical removal of the cancer. Depending on the size and progression of the lesion, this can involve a day procedure inside our operating theatres, or simply be a quick in-room procedure.
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