Moles and Anxiety

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Lets start off by saying I've had my family doctor check out my moles and an walk in clinic doctor, both say I look fine. 

I do have an appointment with my dermatologist but it's not until next month (first time visit). 

I have always had freckles and moles, ever since I was about 10 I remember I started getting moles. At 28 I feel I am getting more and more. Most look harmless semetrical ones but I do have a few that look "funny" though the doctor says they look harmless. I wish I could just have all of them removed. I have a family history of it. Grandpa got it due to working on the docks and my aunt from tanning. I hide from the sun in the summer and lather on sunblock if I wear a bathing suit. I've been fairly cautious but I do have anxiety worried that I either have a hidden cancerous mole or that they will turn cancerous. A girl on a Facebook group I'm in was talking about how she has terminal stage 3 melenoma and it freaked me out, set off my anxiety and now I can't stop thinking about it.... I will include photos. The close up photo is of one on my bum crack that has been there for a while (don't remember when I first saw it). I feel like waiting a month is way too long. I want to see another doctor but I know they probably wont do much...sigh. Please help. Advice please! I haven't been feeling the greatest. Always tired, neck sore under my jaw, stomach issues. All blood tests come up fine, had a physical and the doctor felt around and I'm fine. I'm just going crazy. 

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    Hi you're doing the right thing, seeing a Dermatologist.  Next month is nearly here!

    Have you had a look at this leaflet?  It has useful information.

    https://patient.info/health/skin-cancer-melanoma

    I see you have a tattoo,   When did you have it done?

    I use DermNet NZ  a lot, as do the doctors I see, including my Consultant.

    Try not to worry and good luck!

     

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      Thank you. It's hard. I tried compairing the moles I have to photos but the one on my bum is wishy washy in comparison. I honestly feel like a month is too long and I read up reviews on the dermatologist that I will be meeting and heard that she brushes people off a lot and is a bit too fast. 
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      I hope she doesn't brush you off too quickly.  It is interesting,  there are 3 Consultants in my clinic, one man and 2 women.  The women's patients positively whizz through!  I ask to see the man, he is the name I am technically under but I have to ask every time.

      Perhaps you should write down the questions that you want to ask her.

       

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      That could help. But from all of the reviews...I;m not too sure. My doctor already brushed me off with my concerns. 
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      Don't pre-judge your Dermatologist, make your own decision.

      As for your GP, can you see a different doctor in the Practice, or change Practices?

       

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      Unfortunately finding a doctor in Canada is like finding a needle in a hay stack. He is good, an older man, but fairly quick. 
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      Ah,  Canada!  I don't know about your health system there.

      I hope your Dermatology appt. goes well and if you read up about your moles, make some notes, perhaps you will get on well with the Dermatologist.

       

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      She looked at my moles and said they were fine, gave me a piece of paper with photos and info on what to look for. She did do this liquid nitrogen spray on my head saying I had sun damage that could turn into cancer so she froze it off. That was interesting. 
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      Well, it sounds as though she checked you properly if she has done that to your head.

      Do you feel you had a positive consultation?

       

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      Well, now the mole I was having issues with is itchy, more itchy, feels textured. I am going to go to an urgent care clinic to get it looked at tomorrow as it's freaking me out. 
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