Study: Dermatologists Preferred for Skin Cancer Evaluation and Treatment


Dermatologists are overwhelmingly the preferred health care provider for evaluating and treating skin cancer, according to a study published in the June issue of Dermatologic Surgery. In an online survey, respondents were asked their choice for evaluating a worrisome lesion on the face and for removing skin cancers from the back and face. The options were a dermatologist, primary care physician, plastic surgeon, general surgeon or a physician assistant/nurse practitioner. According to the study authors, the findings shed light on the perceptions of the general public when it comes to treating skin cancer.

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