Dermatology
& Plastic Surgery
Benign Skin Lumps / Tumours

Abnormal growths or bumps on the skin are relatively common. They are generally benign. Any lump that is growing and causing visible deformity should be assessed.

Description

Abnormal growths or bumps on the skin are relatively common. They are generally benign. Any lump that is growing and causing visible deformity should be assessed.


Causes

Benign tumours of skin include

  • Lipoma (fat deposition)
  • Enlarged lymph nodes
  • Sebaceous cysts (blocked sweat glands)
  • Moles
  • Warts (viral infection of the skin)
  • Corn or callus (thickening of the skin due to continuous pressure)

Diagnosis

Skin lumps and cysts can be diagnosed with physical examination. Your doctor may also recommend a biopsy of the cyst to confirm the diagnosis and identify the underlying cause.


Treatment

Some benign tumours do not need to be removed. Any tumour associated with growth and/or visible deformity can be removed surgically or with curettage.


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