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Most lumps and bumps people find on their bodies are benign and easily treated. Common causes include:

  • Lipomas-a usually benign fatty growth. These are generally simple to excise in the office. Dr. McQuaid recommends removing all lipomas greater than 2 cm., if they hurt or change rapidly.
  • Cysts-benign masses caused by clogged pores or hair follicles. Also simple to excise in the office when they are not infected. If infection occurs then generally they require incision and drainage, daily wound packing until healed, and then definitive removal. It is always preferred to remove cysts before they become infected.
  • Enlarged lymph nodes. These usually are seen in the armpit, groin, and neck. They can become enlarged due to infection, injury, or cancer. If they grow larger than 2 cm., or if they continue to grow, biopsy may be required. This is most often done in the operating room under anesthesia.
  • There are many benign skin growths that can be removed in the office. These include moles, seborrheic keratosis, fibromas, and many others.
  • Occasionally lumps that occur can indicate cancer. This is a good reason to have any unexplained lump evaluated.

If you have an unexplained lump, one that is increasing in size or giving you pain, or larger than 2 cm., come in and let Dr. McQuaid have a look.

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