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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 ...
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a health problem that can affect a woman's menstrual cycle, ability to have children, hormones, heart, blood vessels, and appearance. With PCOS, women typically have: high levels of androgens. These are sometimes called male hormones, although females also make them. missed or irregular periods. many small cysts in their ovaries. Cysts are fluid-filled sacs. About one in 10 women of childbearing age has PCOS. It can occur in girls as young as 11 years old. PCOS is the most common cause of female infertility. This term has also become a catch-all phrase for the wide variations of symptoms affiliated with insulin resistance in women. The cause of PCOS is unknown. Most researchers think that more than one factor could play a role in developing PCOS. Genes are thought to be one factor. Women with PCOS tend to have a mother or sister with the disease. Researchers also think insulin could be linked to PCOS. Insulin is a hormone that controls the change ...
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 ...
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