Lipoma is a benign fatty tumor that grows slowly between the skin and the muscle layer under the skin. The exact cause of these fatty tumors is unknown, though genetics are believed to play a role. The lump can be moved easily with a touch, making it easy to identify for dermatologists. Since it is possible that lumps under the skin can be cancerous, it is important to talk to a medical specialist.
What are the Risk Factors of Lipoma?
While genetics are believed to play a part, the exact cause of lipomas is unknown. Older individuals, between the ages of 40 and 60, are most likely to develop lipomas. Other risk factors for developing tumors under the skin include Cowden syndrome, Gardner’s syndrome, Madelung disease, and other medical conditions.
It is important to have lumps under the skin examined by a doctor. While Lipoma often require no treatment, as they are non-cancerous and usually harmless, only a doctor can rule out the possibility that the lump is cancerous. Even if non-cancerous lipoma is causing discomfort, or continues to grow, contact Huntington WV’s, Ashland KY’s, or Charleston WV’s dermatologists Dr. Amy Vaughan Dermatology to learn about having the growth removed.