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 ...
Cutaneous skin tags are small, usually harmless ( benign ) skin growths.
Skin tags; Acrochordons; Fibroepithelial polyps
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Cutaneous tags are very common skin growths. They usually occur after midlife and are usually harmless and noncancerous ( benign ). The tag sticks out of the skin and may have a short, narrow stalk connecting it to the surface of the skin.
Cutaneous tags are usually painless and do not grow or change. However, they may be irritated from rubbing by clothing or other materials. Cutaneous skin tags are more common in people who are overweight or who have diabetes. They are thought to occur from skin rubbing against skin, so they commonly form in skin folds.
The beginning of summer kicks off the camping and hiking season, anxiously awaited by those who have endured a long cold winter. This year will likely prove to be one of the busier camping seasons as many Americans bypass more expensive vacations that involve pricey airline tickets or gas guzzling road trips. Emergency department staff will probably see a greater number of people with contact dermatitis caused by exposure to poison ivy, poison oak or poison sumac. Many people have never seen poison ivy , or perhaps wouldn't recognize it if they saw it. Poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac belong to the plant genus Toxicodendron (previously referred to as Rhus ). Toxicodendron means "poisonous tree." These plants have an oil-based substance in the resin on their leaves and in their stems and branches called urushiol that causes a delayed skin reaction in about 50% of people that contact it. Urushiol may cause severe contact dermatitis in people that have previousl...
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