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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 ...
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.
Stretch marks are indented streaks on your skin that result from a rapid weight gain or loss. They usually appear pink, red or purple in the early stages and fade to white or gray over time. There are treatments that can reduce the appearance of stretch marks, however, there is no way to remove them completely.
What Causes Stretch Marks?
Stretch marks occur when your skin stretches because of a rapid weight gain or loss. They are most common in women, especially during the later stages of pregnancy, however, weight lifters can also have stretch marks. They seem to occur more frequently when cortisone levels in the body are higher as this hormone weakens elastic fibers in your skin. Some medications, such as corticosteroids and systemic steroids (lotions or oral medications) can contribute to developing stretch marks, especially when used long-term. .
Stretch marks form in the dermis, which is the middle layer of the skin. When the dermis is stretched, it can break down. If it can...
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