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Did you know that one out of every five areas in the United States does not have a dermatologist? In the most recent issue, Women’s Health revealed some alarming facts about the number of practicing dermatologists nationwide and the impact these statistics are having on healthcare. To describe the scarcity of skin doctors, the magazine introduces the term “derm desert”–an urban or rural community that does not have easy access to medical dermatology. At Advanced Dermatology, we want to help increase awareness of this problem and–more importantly–be part of a solution.
According to American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), the United States has less than half the number of dermatologists needed to provide timely and adequate treatment of skin disorders. People who live in derm deserts face either a long commute to a dermatologist’s office or a long wait to see a doctor–most likely both. If a skin condition arises that requires evaluation, this lag of weeks or months can create anxiety. Worse, precious treatment time can be lost. In the case of skin cancer and other opportunistics skin diseases, this delay can pose a serious health threat.
While many moles are benign, it is important to seek medical attention if you notice new growths or a change in the size or shape of a mole. Early detection and treatment of skin cancer can mean the difference between life and death, particularly in the case melanoma. Melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer, can spread quickly to other parts of the body. Unfortunately the rates of melanoma have been increasing in the last 40 years, making it a particularly worrisome disease. Areas with limited access to dermatologists report more melanoma deaths.
In response to Women’s Health magazine’s article, Advanced Dermatology is taking a step to help bridge the waiting gap and raise skin disease awareness. If you schedule a skin evaluation before the next issue of Women’s Health hits the stands (September 11th, 2017), we pledge to see you within two weeks to a month.
If you notice a mole or growth that is unusual or suspicious, contact one of our offices today to schedule an appointment. Our offices are located throughout New York and New Jersey, including Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island.