Preparing for your appointmentBy Mayo Clinic staff
You're likely to start by seeing your family doctor or a general practitioner. You may then be referred to a doctor who specializes in skin disorders (dermatologist).
Here's some information to help you get ready for your appointment and know what to expect from your doctor.
What you can do
- Write down any symptoms you're experiencing, including any that may seem unrelated to the reason for which you scheduled the appointment.
- Make a list of all medications, vitamins or supplements you're taking.
- Write down questions to ask your doctor.
Preparing a list of questions can help you make the most of your time with your doctor. For lipoma, some basic questions to ask your doctor include:
- What caused this growth?
- Is it cancer?
- Do I need any tests to be sure?
- Will this lump always be there?
- Can I have it removed?
- What's involved in having it removed? Are there any risks?
- Is it likely to return, or am I likely to get another?
- Are there brochures or other resources I can take with me? What websites do you recommend?
Don't hesitate to ask other questions that occur to you.
What to expect from your doctor
Your doctor is likely to ask you questions, too, including:
- When did you first notice the lump?
- Has it grown?
- Have you had similar growths in the past?
- Is the lump painful?
- Have others in your family had similar lumps?
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