If your healthcare provider suspects you have a squamous cell skin cancer, you should be referred to a dermatologist. If your squamous cell skin cancer is found early, it can usually be treated in the dermatologist’s office during a single visit.
Process for diagnosing squamous cell skin cancer
Your dermatologist will review the procedure with you, discuss the potential risks and benefits, answer your questions, and obtain your consent before doing the biopsy. In most cases, a biopsy can be completed in one visit. It can leave a little scar. Your dermatologist will provide you with specific details before the procedure. You may want to ask the following questions:
What is the next step?
How will I receive my results?
Can I please have a copy of the pathology report when it comes in?
Should I be getting regular skin checks?
What advice can you give me to better protect my skin from the sun?
The specialist looking at your biopsy writes a report called a pathology report. The pathology report will contain some key information about the biopsy, such as the following: