Tests and diagnosis

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Your doctor can identify moles by visually inspecting your skin. You may choose to make a skin examination a regular part of your preventive medical care. Talk to your doctor about a schedule that's appropriate for you. During a skin exam, your doctor inspects your skin from head to toe.

If your doctor suspects that a mole may be cancerous, he or she may take a tissue sample (biopsy) and submit it for microscopic examination.

Dec. 06, 2014