If you see something, say something
Most moles are normal and harmless, but if you notice a spot that seems different or is showing common symptoms of melanoma, don’t ignore it!
- In general, the best first step is to bring your concerns to your own provider
- If needed, your provider can refer to a dermatology provider
- If you do not have an established care provider, you can utilize the American Academy of Dermatology’s 'Find a Dermatologist' tool to search by zip code or city/state.
- Tip: sometimes specialty clinics are unable to book an appointment quickly — if this is the case, you can call offices early in the morning to ask if there have been any cancellations for that day.
- Schedule a Virtual Skin Cancer Spot Check to communicate concerns to a dermatology provider through an online system. There will be a cost associated with this, but is a very valuable tool for those with specific concerns, but in an area where dermatology specialists are not available.
- Search for free AAD rapid skin cancer screenings near you.
Health coverage resources
The Oregon Health Plan (free coverage based on income or other factors), private plans sold on HealthCare.gov, and Medicare are coverage options for people who either do not get health insurance through a job or who qualify additional coverage. Oregon Health Plan Community Resources:
- Learn about what plan might be best and most affordable for you (coverage options).
- See if you can get financial help to pay for plans your plan (community partner resources).
At many medical offices, financial assistance may be available. Ask about the application process and qualification for financial assistance at any point before, during or after your visit.
Questions to ask your insurance
If you have insurance, but you are worried about how much a visit or procedure might cost, you can call the number listed on the back of your insurance card to find our more about:
- Do you have insurance and does it pay for skin cancer screenings?
- Do you need a referral to see a dermatologist or do you need to see a primary care provider?
- Do you have a co-pay (an amount or percent of money you owe for covered visits)
- Do you have a deductible (the amount of money you have to meet before insurance will pay)
- Do you have a maximum (the most that insurance will pay, sometimes per year)
Understanding insurance and health care language can be difficult
Visit healthcare.gov's health care glossary page for a list of common words used to describe insurance or health coverage options (such as “co-pay” and “deductible”).