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Old 01-22-2013, 12:32 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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as far as your concern goes---been there,done that--many times. You wouldn't believe the number of things it could be that are harmless. I had an ugly black mole that I was positive had to be melanoma. Nope. Mine was seborrheic keratosis. This actually has happened 3x
Best to get such checked out and I'm glad you are but don't be like me and jump to conclusions until the doc sees it.
I also had a small,no color scaly area near my eye that I had not bothered to worry about but the dermatologist said it was a pre-cancer area and treated it then and there. Go figure.
I' ve had my dermatologist and my family physician state to me that yes melanoma is dangerous but it isn't as prevelant as most think.
and as scary as it is, melanomas caught early or even mid stage are curable and will not lead to death. both hubby and our oldest daughter had had 2, in all cases they have been insitu and never caused any trouble after being removed. of course both DD and hubby do get checked every 4 to 6 months. All the information we have available to us today, via the media and the net is a blessing, but can be misleading as well. Most of us, certainly I am one, seem to run to our computers for information too often. Most of the information is so gerneral and vague it can't be taken too seriously; it is only a guideline.
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Old 01-22-2013, 12:45 PM
 
Location: Pie shape
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Thanks all.

Like I said - for many things I'd be happy to see an NP for PA, but when it comes to an assessment of skin cancer with biopsy/surgical excision, I want to see an MD. I found one and will go next week. I work in the medical field so am not being overly paranoid or suspicious; I just think there are times when you want to see an MD.
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Old 01-23-2013, 09:08 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Thanks all.

Like I said - for many things I'd be happy to see an NP for PA, but when it comes to an assessment of skin cancer with biopsy/surgical excision, I want to see an MD. I found one and will go next week. I work in the medical field so am not being overly paranoid or suspicious; I just think there are times when you want to see an MD.
Please keep us posted. Everyone has to do what is best for them..As for being paranoid, it has been our experience, and we have everything from nurses to doctors in our family, those in the field are more inclined to worry than those not. You see so much more than we do..Good luck, I am sure everything will be fine...

Nita
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Old 01-23-2013, 10:32 PM
 
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I had a red rash on my shoulder. My dermatologist said no worries. Didn't do biopsy. I went to another one. She did a biopsy. It was melanoma. Melanoma doesn't always look black, blue and scary. So it is not as easy to tell as some people think. I understand where the OP is coming from.
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Old 01-23-2013, 10:43 PM
 
Location: southern born and southern bred
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I had a red rash on my shoulder. My dermatologist said no worries. Didn't do biopsy. I went to another one. She did a biopsy. It was melanoma. Melanoma doesn't always look black, blue and scary. So it is not as easy to tell as some people think. I understand where the OP is coming from.
have never.ever heard of that.
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Old 03-08-2015, 10:00 PM
 
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Angry See the Doctor

This PA thing is getting crazy. 500hrs training verses 10,000 in Derm as an example. Most of the time the Derm. specialist is not even in the building. Do you know how long it takes to train to become a Derm Specialist P.A. after doing 2yrs getting a Family Practice PA certificate? 8 hours sleep and a signature on a card and you can be a specialist!!!! It is insane. The cost difference for the office call is usually minimal to none. Doctors and hospital administrators will not see the PA why do you do deserve less?
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