PITTSBURGH, May 6, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- While sun safety isn't just for summer, with May being designated as National Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month, the professionals at DermatologistOnCall® offer an innovative, on-demand service to patients and practical tips to help people discover and prevent potential issues.
With a shortage of board-certified dermatologists in the U.S., some patients wait as long as three months for in-office appointments. Additionally, of the more than 100 million dermatological conditions and diseases diagnosed each year in the U.S., only 35 million are treated by board-certified dermatologists, while 65 million are treated by primary care physicians, walk-in medical providers or via over-the-counter medications. DermatologistOnCall connects patients online to board-certified dermatologists.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, one in five Americans will develop some sort of skin cancer during their lifetime.
"The best way to detect skin cancer early is to examine your own body and recognize new or changing skin growths, specifically those that may look different from other moles on your body," said Dr. Mark P. Seraly, board-certified dermatologist and founder of DermatologistOnCall. "When it comes right down to it, skin cancer prevention is common sense, cover up, wear sunscreen and spend more time in the shade."
One of the best tips to come from the American Academy of Dermatology is to "Check your birthday suit on your birthday" and DermatologistOnCall professionals say that the beginning of summer is another great time to do a thorough body check.
"If you notice anything that seems to have changed or grown or if there is any bleeding present, it's time to check in with DermatologistOnCall or see your dermatologist," said Dr. Seraly.
Individuals who are concerned with a skin, hair or nail condition of any kind should simply go to the DermatologistOnCall website, set up an account, answer a series of important questions and upload photos of the affected skin area. Among the more than 3,000 conditions for which patients access the system are acne, cold sores, dermatitis, eczema, hair loss, moles, poison ivy, psoriasis, rosacea, shingles, melanoma and other skin cancers.
The patient will receive a notification to log back in to the system for a diagnosis and treatment plan, including any necessary prescriptions or a recommendation to be seen in office by a dermatologist. This online visit is being discounted to $49 through June 30 as a part of May's National Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month with special pricing offered for one specific condition. Regular pricing is $59 per condition.
An online platform offering quick and convenient access to affordable, high-quality skin care, DermatologistOnCall.com provides patients, through a secure website, with a diagnosis and comprehensive treatment plan which includes counseling on the condition. DermatologistOnCall is powered by Iagnosis, a virtual health leader in developing innovative platforms for delivering accessible, high-quality skin care solutions. With thousands of patients already having been treated using this online tool, approximately 98 percent of patients would recommend DermatologistOnCall to a friend, based on a completed survey of patients. For more information, visit www.DermatologistOnCall.com.