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An_240685 posted:
My husband is a red head and so he goes to the dermatologist every few months. Every time he goes, she finds something to burn off of him, even though we see nothing. She always says it was pre-cancerous! How do you know that he really needs all this stuff removed and if she's scamming him, is there any dangers to this? Please advise
Mary Ruth Buchness, MD responded:
Pre-cancerous skin lesions are often easier for a dermatologist to feel than to see. They can be barely visible. Your dermatologist has special expertise in recognizing the subtle differences in skin texture that indicate something is not right. But it sounds like you have doubts about this dermatologist, and you and your husband need to trust her. Why not send him to a different dermatologist for his next visit and see whether she finds the same things on physical exam?

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