ON THIS PAGE: You will find a list of common tests, procedures, and scans that doctors use to find out whether a suspicious mole or other skin growth is cancerous. To see other pages, use the menu.
Doctors use many tests to find, or diagnose, cancer. They also do tests to learn if cancer has spread to another part of the body from where it started. If this happens, it is called metastasis. For example, imaging tests can show if the cancer has spread. Imaging tests show pictures of the inside of the body. Doctors may also do tests to learn which treatments could work best.