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Old 12-19-2020, 06:40 PM   #121
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I would call the insurance company. They should be able to provide you with a dermatologist. I'm also fair-skinned, and I've had some pre-cancerous lesions on my face removed by dermatologists.

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I have concerns about my skin. I baked myself in the sun from the time I was a child until I was in my 20's. I had so many blistering sunburns I couldn't possibly count them (I am fair-skinned with green eyes). Whenever I have pointed out something of concern on my skin my GP totally blows me off. I would like to get checked out by a dermatologist, but I need a referral from my GP. The situation is awkward at best, dangerous at worst. I really don't know what to do.
I have seen my dermatologist annually for a skin check for the last 4 years I guess. I'm fair-skinned, green eyed, from German ancestry, with a significant family history of skin issues including sarcomas and melanomas. I have my father's skin - he has a history of precancerous (and cancerous in his case) moles and rosacea (which I also have) as well as a rare skin condition called bullous pemphigoid, etc. I've have several precancerous places removed over the years. It's just part of my genetic lot unfortunately. I would push your GP for a referral, and if he won't write one, time for a different GP maybe? I suspect if you tell your GP that you will have to call the insurance company about a different way to get a referral, your GP will suddenly cough one up.
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I have seen my dermatologist annually for a skin check for the last 4 years I guess. I'm fair-skinned, green eyed, from German ancestry, with a significant family history of skin issues including sarcomas and melanomas. I have my father's skin - he has a history of precancerous (and cancerous in his case) moles and rosacea (which I also have) as well as a rare skin condition called bullous pemphigoid, etc. I've have several precancerous places removed over the years. It's just part of my genetic lot unfortunately. I would push your GP for a referral, and if he won't write one, time for a different GP maybe? I suspect if you tell your GP that you will have to call the insurance company about a different way to get a referral, your GP will suddenly cough one up.

Thank you so much for your encouragement. I'm also fair-skinned and green-eyed. I have rosacea - which is something else I'd like to discuss with a dermatologist.

Thanks for your information about getting a referral! I am less than pleased with my GP and would love to change. The clinic where my wonderful pdoc and therapist are is also where my GP is. The way my insurance works is that I have to take all 3 together, or not at all. So I'm stuck with my sub-standard GP.
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Thank you so much for your encouragement. I'm also fair-skinned and green-eyed. I have rosacea - which is something else I'd like to discuss with a dermatologist.

Thanks for your information about getting a referral! I am less than pleased with my GP and would love to change. The clinic where my wonderful pdoc and therapist are is also where my GP is. The way my insurance works is that I have to take all 3 together, or not at all. So I'm stuck with my sub-standard GP.
I suggest you tell your doctor you're concerned about your rosacea if you haven't told him yet. Here's a link to an article about rosacea and skin cancer: How Skin Conditions Can Affect Skin Cancer Detection and Treatment - The Skin Cancer Foundation. What Dr. Sandwich said was scary. I imagine if you share some of that information, the GP will make a referral. If not, I like Artley Wilkins' idea about threatening to call your insurance company. Please keep us posted. You're in my prayers.
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I suggest you tell your doctor you're concerned about your rosacea if you haven't told him yet. Here's a link to an article about rosacea and skin cancer: How Skin Conditions Can Affect Skin Cancer Detection and Treatment - The Skin Cancer Foundation. What Dr. Sandwich said was scary. I imagine if you share some of that information, the GP will make a referral. If not, I like Artley Wilkins' idea about threatening to call your insurance company. Please keep us posted. You're in my prayers.

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