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Complete Skin Examinations

Complete Skin Examinations Abstract To the Editor. — We have conducted a survey in our office. We simply asked new and old patients if they thought it was a good idea to have a complete skin examination on their first visit. In our welcome letter, new patients received an explanation why we perform complete skin examinations. They were told "it is our medical policy to examine your entire skin surface on the first visit. Only by a complete skin examination can melanomas, symptomless skin cancers that kill young and old alike, be detected before it is too late. Without a complete skin examination many diagnoses can be missed and wrong medications given. By performing a complete skin examination, I and my staff will make positive suggestions for preventing and treating other skin ailments that may be present. The skin is often a window to the inside of your body. A thorough examination tells us much about what is going on inside. When you leave our office, we want you to feel confident that your problem is being treated, your skin has been examined thoroughly, and that helpful suggestions for good general skin care have been shared. If for any reason you do not wish to have a complete skin examination, let the nurse who helps you to the examination room know your feelings." References 1. Riegel D, Kopf AW. Importance of complete cutaneous examination for the detection of malignant melanoma . J Am Acad Dermatol. 1988;14:857-860.Crossref 2. Lookingbill DP. Yield from a complete skin examination: finding in 1157 new dermatology patients . J Am Acad Dermatol. 1988;18:31-37.Crossref http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Archives of Dermatology American Medical Association

Complete Skin Examinations

Archives of Dermatology , Volume 125 (5) – May 1, 1989

Complete Skin Examinations

Abstract

Abstract To the Editor. — We have conducted a survey in our office. We simply asked new and old patients if they thought it was a good idea to have a complete skin examination on their first visit. In our welcome letter, new patients received an explanation why we perform complete skin examinations. They were told "it is our medical policy to examine your entire skin surface on the first visit. Only by a complete skin examination can melanomas, symptomless skin cancers that kill...
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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright © 1989 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
ISSN
0003-987X
eISSN
1538-3652
DOI
10.1001/archderm.1989.01670170122023
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Abstract

Abstract To the Editor. — We have conducted a survey in our office. We simply asked new and old patients if they thought it was a good idea to have a complete skin examination on their first visit. In our welcome letter, new patients received an explanation why we perform complete skin examinations. They were told "it is our medical policy to examine your entire skin surface on the first visit. Only by a complete skin examination can melanomas, symptomless skin cancers that kill young and old alike, be detected before it is too late. Without a complete skin examination many diagnoses can be missed and wrong medications given. By performing a complete skin examination, I and my staff will make positive suggestions for preventing and treating other skin ailments that may be present. The skin is often a window to the inside of your body. A thorough examination tells us much about what is going on inside. When you leave our office, we want you to feel confident that your problem is being treated, your skin has been examined thoroughly, and that helpful suggestions for good general skin care have been shared. If for any reason you do not wish to have a complete skin examination, let the nurse who helps you to the examination room know your feelings." References 1. Riegel D, Kopf AW. Importance of complete cutaneous examination for the detection of malignant melanoma . J Am Acad Dermatol. 1988;14:857-860.Crossref 2. Lookingbill DP. Yield from a complete skin examination: finding in 1157 new dermatology patients . J Am Acad Dermatol. 1988;18:31-37.Crossref

Journal

Archives of DermatologyAmerican Medical Association

Published: May 1, 1989

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