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Old 03-22-2009, 11:19 PM
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Default doctors appointment - help!

I've posted on this site before about my birthmark, but I'll summarize anyway. I have had a dark colored patch basically on my right buttcheek since I was about 8-10 (ish?). I don't remember it before that, but it could have been there. It covers the whole thing, so it's pretty big... and I'm really embarrassed about it! Even more so than embarrassment, however, I'm nervous about things like skin cancer or something - so I've been wanting to get it checked out since I was like 15. With going in to get it checked out for that stuff, I've wanted to check out how much it would cost to have it removed (if at all possible). I haven't told my parents (I'm 19), but I told my mom I want to have a preliminary dermatology exam just to get checked for skin cancer (I told her it was because my friend said everyone should once a year.. lame, I know).

My appointment is tomorrow. I was wondering if I could get some help on pointers for the exam. What's going to happen? I've never had a dermatology exam, so I don't know what to expect. Also, what are some questions I should ask? I feel super underprepared for this!

Thanks for any help you can give!
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