Patients are scheduled every six months to visit primary care physicians, dentists, and potentially many specialists including cardiologists, endocrinologists, and ophthalmologists – so why do we not include our family dermatologist in this roadmap? The answer might scare you, but our intention is only to highlight the importance of regular dermatological care and help our readers understand how often you might want to visit us to keep your skin looking its best.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology skin cancer will affect one out of five Americans this year. Those odds are pretty scary, and we want to help you understand that skin cancer, when found early, can be curable. How do you prevent or early detect skin cancer – super easy – make an annual visit with your dermatologist part of your annual wellness routine.
My doctor has been my dermatologist for years, why change now?
Primary care doctors act as the gatekeepers for your healthcare. They are the unsung heroes of our profession. When your primary care doctor finds a suspicious lump in your breast she sends you for a mammogram and an appointment with a cancer specialist – the equivalent of a hand-off or pass during a football game. These folks have the training and experience to make sure you get the best possible treatment and care. Guess what? Dermatologists are specialists that handle skin – from head-to-toe.
The average adult has about 22 square feet of skin
With that much real estate we need to ensure your skin is cared for on a regular basis. Just think of your annual visit as an investment in the most valuable real estate position in your portfolio!
We suggest everyone make a yearly skin check appointment with a dermatologist. An easy way to do this is to book both your annual wellness physical and annual skin check around the same time. Spend a few hours on yourself once a year and make sure you never become that ONE in five.