How Long Is too Long to Wait to See the Doctor?

by Leigh Ann Otte

A while back, a doctor’s office told me I’d have to wait a month to see the physician. A month? Ack! What if I had something progressive, like cancer? “If only she’d caught it early …” went through my mind. I found another doctor. Ended up, I was fine, but what if …

Ever wondered how long is too long to wait to see the doc? We asked a dermatologist, Brooke Jackson, to write on this topic—specifically in regards to potential melanomas, which can be fast-growing and deadly. In the article, “4 Tips to Get a Doctors Appointment Sooner,” Dr. Jackson says a month is, in fact, too long to wait for a melanoma. She gives four tips on how to get a doctor’s appointment more quickly.

You could also opt for your family doctor instead. Our publisher, James Hubbard, M.D., makes that point in a sidebar. Your family doctor may be able to tackle the problem and see you sooner.

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Leigh Ann Otte is the managing editor of and a freelance writer.

This information is not meant to be individual advice. Please consult your doctor for that. See our disclaimer here.

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