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Asking the Right Questions to Fight Melanoma

As time and financial pressures on physicians continues to increase, the length of doctor’s appointments seem to get shorter and shorter.  So, it’s important to go into every appointment prepared with questions that will help you get the most out of your visit.

Following are questions patients should consider asking their primary care physician or dermatologist to help them stay vigilant against melanoma:

  • How often should I get checked? You should understand your risk profile and act on it.
  • What should I look for during a self skin check? Go beyond the ABCDE’s; get a “tutorial” on your own moles from your physician.
  • What can I do to reduce my risk? We all know that ultraviolet exposure increases risk and it’s important to make sure you’re aware of commonly overlooked sources of UV exposure.
  • Who will analyze my skin biopsy? Dermatopathologists are experts in diagnosing skin diseases, so know whether your biopsy is being evaluated by a specialist or a generalist.
  • Who are the healthcare professionals who will treat me if I’m faced with a melanoma diagnosis? If you are faced with a diagnosis, it’s important to know your options and understand which professionals bring the experience you need.

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