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Question: Annual Skin Examination


 chrisc1515 - Sun Aug 31, 2008 11:42 pm

Should I question a Doctor if they ignore regions of body under underware and don't ask me to be totally nude during my annual skin exam? I am usually told to leave underware on and the doctor usually doesn't do a complete inspection of the genital or buttocks.
 John Kenyon, CNA - Mon Sep 08, 2008 12:02 am

User avatar Hello -

It does seem odd that an annual skin exam wouldn't include the genital area and buttocks. While these areas are not generally exposed to the baneful effects of sunlight they are also not easily examined by the patient and so often are sites of problematic lesions which can become advanced by the time of discovery, which is why a complete exam would seem appropriate. If the doctor is uncomfortable examining these regions (and generally they are not), perhaps you should bring the matter to the doctor's attention.

I hope this is helpful. Best of luck to you.

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