We have occasionally received questions about skin tags and whether these are a form of skin cancer. The most recent question involved a skin tag located under the breast. While skin tags are not cancerous, it is important to be aware of any growths and monitor them to make sure you contact your doctor if there is a problem. If you do have skin tags, be sure to note the location and the appearance when doing a self-exam so you can monitor the growth.
Skin tags (acrochordon), a soft growth that hangs or protrudes from the skin, are considered tumors; however, they are rarely malignant . They usually are not harmful. Skin tags usually occur where skin rubs against skin, such as on the eyelids, armpits, under the breasts, in the groin or on the upper chest and neck.
Certain people are more at risk of developing skin tags:
Individuals who are overweight
People with diabetes
Women who are pregnant
Heredity may also play a role in whether someone is more susceptible to ...
Resurfacing Treatments There are many choices for skin resurfacing (also called exfoliation), and you must consider several different factors when making your choice. Resurfacing can achieve the following: Removal of abnormal tissue and rough skin Stimulation of new skin growth Stimulation of collagen and elastin production In addition to determining the skill of the surgeon and the safety of the procedure, discuss the desired depth of the resurfacing and the capability of each procedure to reach this depth safely. All resurfacing procedures require a healing period afterward, during which the skin is red and sensitive. The deeper the procedure, the higher the risk for complications, including delayed healing, infection, loss of pigment (skin color), and scarring. If you make the decision to pursue intensive treatments, consider the following factors, among others, and discuss them with your dermatologist or plastic surgeon: The ability of the procedure to safely reduce wrinkles The ease and ...
Definition A neck lump is any lump, bump, or swelling in the neck. Alternative Names Lump in the neck Considerations There are many causes of lumps in the neck. The most frequently seen lumps or swellings are enlarged lymph nodes . These can be caused by bacterial or viral infections, cancer ( malignancy ), or other rare causes. Enlargement of the salivary glands under the jaw may be caused by infection or cancer. Lumps in the muscles of the neck -- almost always in the front of the neck -- are caused by injury or torticollis . Lumps in the skin or just below the skin are often caused by cysts , including sebaceous cysts . The thyroid gland may also produce a lump, multiple lumps, or swelling in the neck as a result of thyroid disease or cancer. Most cancers of the thyroid gland are extremely slow-growing and often curable by surgery, even if they have been present for several years. All neck lumps in children and adults should be checked immediately. In children, most neck lumps are caused by trea...
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