Hi, everybody. It’s Leigh Ann Hubbard, managing editor of James Hubbard’s My Family Doctor. I’ve hijacked the blog for a sec.
We need your help. We’re discussing an upcoming article on moles. It covers what to do if you can’t get in to see a dermatologist. But there’s been a suggestion that that’s not even a concern. Is it?
In our experience, you generally have to wait a month or three to see a dermatologist, at least in some areas of the country. But another doctor says that if you tell the office you have a changing mole, you can get in quickly. Can you help us out by sharing your experience with specialists (dermatologists and otherwise)?
Some questions to consider:
- How long have you had to wait when you had a serious concern (such as about cancer)?
- Was there a wait list in case of cancellations?
- Did you make the call or your doctor?
- If you made the call, did you try to get in sooner by talking to a nurse or seeing your family doctor? Did that work?
- What part of the country are you in (if you’re comfortable sharing)? And are you in a big city or small town?
Thank you very much in advance for your help!