The other day I went in for my annual exam. During the breast exam, the nurse practitioner noted 2 flat moles on the side of my left breast that she felt I should get checked out.
Both have been there for quite awhile, and neither show any symptoms that are worrisome (bleeding, dark color, change in size, etc.), but when I got home I figured it was a good idea to call a local dermatologist to get in for an exam.
I called an office near my home and told the person who answered the phone what was going on, and she replied that the main dermatologist was scheduling for SEPTEMBER, but that I could see a physician's assistant in April. Needless to say, I went with April.
Isn't that just crazy? That is the longest appointment time I've ever been given. Of course, you have to schedule your mammogram 5-6 months in advance now, and to get an annual exam I have to call 4 months ahead and get on a waiting list. Why is it so hard to get in to see a doctor and get these important tests done?
I suppose if I called back and said these moles were starting to bleed or change in size they'd get me in sooner. At least I hope so! Oh well, April isn't too far away and in the meantime I'll keep an eye on them.
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