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Lumps and Bumps

It is important to get lumps and bumps checked out to be sure exactly what they are and whether or not they need treatment.

They are normally referred to in medical terms as tumours which are either benign or malignant.

Some examples of Benign lumps include:

  • Cysts: lumps filled with fluid. Common types include sebaceous cysts on the skin, filled with greasy sebum.
  • Nodules: formed in inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, sarcoid and polyarteritis
  • Lipomas: lumps of fat cells
  • Fibromas and fibroademonas: lumps of fibrous or fibrous and glandular tissue
  • Haematoma: lump formed by blood escaping into the tissues - simply a large bruise
  • Haemangioma: lump formed by extra growth of blood vessels
  • Papilloma: formed from skin or internal membrane cells, for example wart

If you discover a lump on your body, it is advisable to get it checked out by a professional, as it is not always possible to tell with a lump whether it is malignant without further testing being done.