Getting diagnosed with skin cancer

Your GP decides whether you need to see a specialist. Some GPs have had specialist training and can help diagnose and treat some types of non melanoma skin cancer. 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 skin cancer specialist

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

Screening for skin cancer

Screening means testing people for early stages of an illness before they have any symptoms. Find out why there is no national screening programme for non melanoma skin cancer.

Tests to diagnose skin cancer

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

Tests to stage skin cancer

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

Last reviewed: 
23 Sep 2019
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