According to a recently published online study by the American Academy of Dermatology, patients that want to see a dermatologist for an evaluation of potential cancer in a mole must wait much longer than it takes to get an appointment to the same dermatologist for a cosmetic Botox injection. Given the malignant melanoma is so very deadly it is disappointing to see that patient health care is put on the back burner to more lucrative cosmetic procedures. We will keep our eye on this to see if any medical malpractice claims from delayed diagnosis of skin cancer increase and if there is a relationship with the delay in getting treatment. According to the study it takes about a week to get a cosmetic injection compared with about a month to see a dermatologist for a cancer check.
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