Posts Tagged ‘skin cancer’

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

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

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.

Sun, cancer and vitamin D: American Academy of Dermatology releases position statement

Monday, December 8th, 2008

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.

The benefits of vitamin D are many.  Fighting off rickets, osteoporosis, cancers, type 2 diabetes and heart disease are just a few.  Used to, everyone got enough vitamin D from sunshine.  But, now, there is a problem.  Skin cancers, including the deadly melanoma, are on the rise, and UV sunlight is a major risk factor.  We don’t know how much sun we can get, if any, without an increased risk.  We are also not sure how much vitamin D is ideal, but the trend is for more.

What is a person to do?


Should you be worried about your moles? When to see the doctor.

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

One example of a melanoma (larger than actual size), courtesy National Cancer Instituteby James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.

Melanoma (mole cancer) kills–way too often. It doesn’t have to.

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in America. Melanoma is a deadly form of it if not detected early. But your doctor can catch it!

Remember “ABCD” for possible signs of melanoma.


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