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 ...
As 2008 quickly approaches, you are probably thinking of possible resolutions for the New Year. Along with the usual resolutions of a losing weight and exercising, try adding several that pertain to good skin care. I assure you - these are much easier to stick to than cutting out sweets. It easy to start some new rituals for your skin in 2008 that will help reduce your chances of being diagnosed with skin cancer. An added benefit of my suggested steps (below) is that they will also keep your skin looking healthier and younger. 1. Apply a moisturizer with at least SPF 30 to your face and other sun exposed areas on a daily basis. Your skin will benefit from the moisturizer because the sun, wind, and dry air "suck" the moisture from your skin and leave your skin feeling, and looking rough. And as long as you're using a moisturizer, you may as well use one that has sun protection. These moisturizers are intended for daily use and do not feel like the ol...
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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