10 (Mostly Inexcusable) Excuses for Delaying a Skin Check

Early detection plus prompt treatment equals the best outcome in any skin cancer. Often, time is of the essence. So it is never a good idea to postpone a skin exam with your dermatologist, especially if you have noticed anything new, changing or unusual on your skin. And if your instinct tells you that it is not right, trust that feeling and make an appointment. Here are common excuses I’ve heard — and my response to them.

1. I’m scared to see a doctor while the coronavirus is still around.

OK, this has been a valid excuse for many people. The COVID-19 pandemic has turned our world upside down and continues to do so in many states. It has been very important to comply with social distancing, wearing a mask and staying home to…

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Written by Deborah S. Sarnoff, MD and originally published on skincancer.org

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