Delay of Skin Cancer Diagnosis on the Rise

The LA Times picked up an Orlando Sentinel story this week about how the dermatologist shortage is causing a delay in diagnosing skin cancer. The story indicates, “Florida is second only to California for incidences of melanoma, the deadliest type of skin cancer, according to the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

Yet many other states are seeing a rise in skin cancer cases as a result of the dermatologist shortage and long wait times when trying to schedule appointments. Across the country there is a delay in the identification of pre-cancerous lesions and melanoma. However, when caught early, skin cancer is one of the most treatable forms of cancer.

For individuals who have a personalized physician, like those who are affiliated with SignatureMD, patients receive thorough and comprehensive evaluations, and have access to revolutionary testing that assists with skin analysis. While a dermatologist may still be advised in certain cases, the goal of concierge medicine is to assess the entire individual, inside and out, and provide preventive medicine to help patients avoid serious illnesses like skin cancer.

Don’t let long wait times and inaccessibility keep you from getting the attention and early diagnosis you deserve.