If your dermatologist requested to be a biopsy on your atypical mole, it may not necessarily mean anything serious. In fact, they’re pretty regular.
Dermatologists regularly do biopsies on suspicious skin areas, and it’s a quick way to confirm or rule out melanoma. According to Dr. Cecilia Larocca, a dermatologist at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, only about one out of every 12 biopsies turns out to be a melanoma.
If your mole went to the lab for a biopsy, the waiting period can be stressful. But rest assured that your mole most likely is not cancerous, and may not be anything serious.
A biopsy is extremely important for staging and navigating treatment options when it comes to melanoma.
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