Talking to Your Doctor About Melanoma
by Debra Wood, RN
You have a unique medical history. Therefore, it is essential to talk with your doctor about your personal risk factors and/or experience with melanoma. By talking openly and often with your doctor, you can take an active role in your care.
General Tips for Gathering Information
Here are some tips that will make it easier for you to talk to your doctor:
Specific Questions to Ask Your Doctor
About Your Risk of Developing Melanoma
About Treatment Options
About Lifestyle Changes
About Your Outlook
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What should you ask your health care team about melanoma skin cancer? American Cancer Society website. Available at: https://www.cancer.org/cancer/melanoma-skin-cancer/detection-diagnosis-staging/talking-with-doctor.html. Updated May 20, 2016. Accessed March 16, 2017.
Last reviewed March 2018 by Mohei Abouzied, MD, FACP
Last Updated: 10/11/2016
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