Skin growths

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Unwanted growth of skin cells and subcutaneous tissue is the result. Moles may range in shape and colour from flat to elevated and from dark brown or black to red or skin-colored. They may be present at birth, or they may manifest at a later period.

If caught early enough, the skin cells won’t be able to invade other organs. This skin bump does not pose any carcinogenic risks. If the tumour is allowed to continue growing unchecked, it may develop into cancer and begin invading nearby healthy tissues.

What are the causes of skin growth?

Causes of skin growths vary. Age, sun exposure, hormone fluctuations, and skin friction are all known to have a role in the development of benign skin growths such moles, skin tags, and seborrheic keratoses. Warts and cold sores are both caused by viruses including human papillomavirus (HPV) and herpes simplex virus (HSV). Excessive sun exposure and other risk factors including pale skin, a history of sunburns, or a weaker immune system frequently lead to the development of skin malignancies such as basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma. Specific skin growths have been linked to inherited disorders such neurofibromatosis and MEN1. Skin tags and melasma, for example, might appear due to hormonal changes during pregnancy.

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