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Full Body Exam in a year?
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lis701 posted:
I am a fair-skinned red-head that had more blistering sunburns growing up than I can even remember. I have become concerned about moles and would like to have a full body exam done. However, the dermatologist said she can only see me for "1 or 2 moles, maybe 3". She said I could schedule an appt in 8 months for either upper body or lower, but not both, or I could wait and have a full body exam done next year (2013). Is this normal and acceptable?
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Elizabeth_WebMD_Staff responded:
Hello and Welcome lis701,

Good to hear you are being proactive and scheduling an exam.

Have you actually seen the dermatologist or just talked with the office staff about scheduling an appointment?

Sometime an insurance company will only allow or reimburse for a certain number of procedures/removals per visit.

I would ask the office or your insurance company to clarify.

I get a yearly whole body exam and it has never been suggested to me to only have half done at a time. If a suspicious area is detected, my dermatologist removes it or biopsies it during the visit.

Elizabeth


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