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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 ...
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