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4 Things to Think About Before Visiting a Skin Cancer Clinic

by Samuel Henderson

If you are concerned or worried that you may have skin cancer, the first thing you should do is visit a professional skin cancer clinic or your GP. This is a big step that many people find intimidating,so they let it play on their mind before finally making the appointment. Picking the right clinic is a vital first step in getting the treatment you may need and putting your mind at ease. However, there are so many clinics and options for getting the necessary tests that it can be incredibly intimidating and overwhelming, especially given the anxiety you may already be feeling. Most skin cancer clinics are highly professional environments, where all members of staff are on hand and dedicated to making sure you get the care and attention you need. However, some go above and beyond this basic call of duty, setting new standards in patient care and guiding you through the process in the most sensitive and effective way possible. 

If you have found the mental strength to overcome the worry, or whatever other valid reaction you may have had to what you suspect are skin cancer symptoms, then you should think about four key things when looking for a skin cancer clinic to start the testing procedure.

Additional counselling services

However your brain and body react to whichever outcome you receive, it is vital that the clinic has good counselling services available to all patients. You should be offered a counselling appointment and access to more if needed, not only to help you deal with the trauma of a positive diagnosis, but also for the mental stress that a negative diagnosis can still produce.

Family and friends services

Skin cancer clinics should be geared up to support your friends, family and loved ones as you go through the testing process. They will react in their own way. Partners and young children in particular should be cared for and provided with expert advice and support. Your partner or close family may be taking on a lot of the mental stress with you, so it is important that they are adequately prepared, whatever the outcome.

An easy booking process

Ideally you should be able to make an appointment online or over the phone and be seen in a matter of days. A quick and effective booking process will help prevent the stress from building up too much, and it will put your mind at ease that you will get a test, and more importantly a result, as quickly as possible.

Immediate and thorough testing facilities

Ensure that you select a clinic that can carry out the full range of tests on the spot if needed. This includes being able to carry out a biopsy of the affected area if they think it necessary. While this might involve a follow-up appointment, you do not want to have to be referred to another centre after being told you need more advanced testing.

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