We know it is not always easy to get an appointment with a dermatologist. Here are five recommendations that might be helpful.
1. Ask for a Referral
Go to your family physician and ask to be referred to a dermatologist. Know that it is your right to ask for a referral and for a second opinion, if necessary.
2. Use the Canadian Dermatology Association’s Tool
The CDA’s tool was created to help you find a certified dermatologist in your area. Visit: https://dermatology.ca/ to use the tool.
3. Check out this list of Rapid Access Clinics
Vancouver, BC – Providence Health Care
Calgary, AB – Rejuvenation
Calgary, AB – Rapid Access Clinic
Edmonton, AB – Rejuvenation
Newfoundland – Alpha Dermatology Center
Nova Scotia – The Landings Surgical Centre
Toronto, ON – Canadian Plastic Surgery Centre
Ontario – Get Skin help
Toronto, ON – Advant Derm
4. Check out this list of clinics that offer Mole Mapping
Chilliwack, BC – Skin Spot Clinic
Kamloops, BC – Welcome Back MRI and Pain Management Clinic
Kelowna, BC – Kelowna Skin Cancer Clinic
Vancouver, BC – Afterglow Skincare
Vancouver, BC – Dr. E Dermatology
Victoria, BC – Victoria Skin Cancer
Calgary, AB – Calgary House Calls
Calgary, AB – Derm.ca
Calgary, AB – Papillon Medical
Olds, AB – DermaNuva Skin Laser Health
Guelph, ON – Skin Cancer Screening Clinic
Toronto, ON – Toronto Dermatology Centre
New Brunswick – Brunswick Dermatology Centre
5. Book a Virtual Appointment with GetSkinHelp
The GetSkinHelp mobile app allows individuals to access the SkinAI™ technology – an embedded artificial intelligence that allows people to quickly analyze for a selection of skin diseases, including skin cancers – and schedule video appointments with a licensed Canadian doctor who can help determine next steps.
From there, the doctor might suggest an in-person appointment or simply write a prescription, which will be sent to the patient’s home or pharmacy. What is most important is that the app gets a person in front of a doctor faster than traditional means.
Download the new free #GetSkinHelp app and have your skin concerns analyzed by their SkinAI™ technology. You can then schedule an appointment with a skin doctor and have them check it out virtually. And best of all, it is all covered by provincial health plans!
Making awareness and education available is crucial. Since 2006, the Foundation has worked to raise awareness of melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers focusing on education, prevention and the need for improved patient care.