A 55-year old PinnacleCare Member who enjoys good health, was concerned with the fact that as a fair-skinned child, she suffered frequent severe sunburns and was now very concerned about skin cancer. She had already worked with PinnacleCare to have a series of appointments that resulted in the removal, through ‘freezing’ of several actinic keratoses (“An actinic keratosis is a scaly or crusty bump that forms on the skin surface. They are also called solar keratosis, sun spots, or precancerous spots.”). The process itself is somewhat painful and leaves minor scarring.
Peace-of-mind was achieved through PinnacleCare’s ability to help the Member gain more information and feel more empowered about this aspect of her health.
The Member shared her concerns and anxieties about the many changes in skin texture brought by aging with her PinnacleCare Advocate and together they decided to find another dermatologist who would spend time with the Member educating her on what to be concerned about and what not to be concerned about with new lumps and bumps.
After the 45-minute appointment, the Member reported that she learned, in far greater detail than was available in any brochure, what exactly to be concerned about and look for concerning skin changes. But of even greater significance, the dermatologist shared medical study results from Australia (where there are lots of fair-skinned people, a thin ozone layer, and lots of actinic keratoses) revealing that it is not always necessary to ‘freeze’ these little scaly bumps because, in healthy people, they can be resolved by the body’s own DNA!
The Member was delighted with this new knowledge. Peace-of-mind was achieved through PinnacleCare’s ability to help the Member gain more information and feel more empowered about this aspect of her health.