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    Tumor removal

    Skin tumors can be benign or malignant. Some are slow to spread to different parts of the body (metastasize) while others spread rapidly. The larger the tumor, the more invasive the surgery may be. A fine needle aspirate can be obtained prior to tumor removal. This is where a small needle is used to extract cells from the tumor to be visualized under the microscope. While this aids in the diagnosis tumor removal may still be recommended. Sometimes chest x-rays may be taken prior to tumor removal since the lungs are one of the more common places for tumors to spread. However, this is not always the case with skin tumors, and checking for metastasis may not always be feasible prior to tumor removal. The tumor is then sent to a laboratory for histopathology (microscopic examination of the tumor) to determine tumor origin and grading.