Many of us would have second thoughts if we found a lump or bump on our bodies. Cancer can sometimes be found in lumps. However, not every bump or lump should be a cause for concern.
We spoke with orthopedic surgeon Nathan W. Mesko, MD, to better understand when something new is worth discussing with your doctor.
Do all lumps cause concern?
Fortunately, most of these lumps are harmless and not cause for concern. Several medical conditions and skin conditions may cause Lumps and Bumps on Your Body to appear on the skin’s surface.
Don’t worry when
The lumps that do not cause concern has some distinctive features.
Usually, not-so-serious lumps are:
- Moving when touched, changing shape when touched.
- Situated in the superficial or fat layer of the skin.
- When active, they become larger and painful, and when resting, they shrink.
An important indicator is if you can relate a lump’s appearance to a specific trauma or activity, says orthopedic surgeon Dr. Mesko. As a result of exercise, training, competition, or other physical activity, athletes of all levels experience the occasional bump.
As a result, we recommend you follow the basic RICE method: rest, ice, compression, and elevation, says Dr. Mesko. When the lump or swelling improves with time, that’s a reassuring sign that it’s harmless and nothing to be concerned about.
Cysts are one of the most common conditions that cause Lumps and Bumps on Your Body and swelling. Baker’s cysts, a fluid-filled bulge behind the knee, and ganglion cysts, rounded lumps filled with a jelly-like fluid that can form on tendons and joints, are two common cysts.
Seeing a doctor when necessary
Rarely, an unexplained lump, bump, or swelling can indicate a more serious problem beneath the skin.
A cancerous bump is typically large, hard, painful to touch, and appears spontaneously. A cancerous bump grows steadily over several weeks or months. From the outside of your body, cancerous Lumps and Bumps on Your Body can occur in the breast, testicles, or neck, as well as in the arms and legs.
Sarcoma of the soft tissues in adults
Cancerous lumps can form anywhere in the body, but soft tissue sarcomas can form almost anywhere in the body. Muscles, tendons (bands of fibers that connect muscles to bones), fat, blood vessels, lymph vessels, nerves, and tissues around joints are soft tissues of the body.
According to oncologist Dale Shepard, MD, Ph.D., adult soft tissue sarcoma usually develops in the legs, arms, chest, or the retroperitoneum behind the abdomen.
The malignant cells form in the soft tissues of the body when an adult develops a soft tissue sarcoma. Because the tumors are often deep in the tissue, they rarely cause symptoms in the early stages.”
Dr. Shepard says soft tissue sarcomas can grow quite large before causing symptoms because they are often embedded deep within the body.
The most common symptoms of soft tissue sarcomas are Lumps and Bumps on Your Body, which are sometimes painful. According to him, if the tumor is in the abdomen, it may cause nausea or a sensation of fullness along with pain.
Sarcomas of the soft tissues of adults are rare. According to Dr. Shepard, these cancers account for less than 1% of all cancers in adults.
Swelling can also cause new lumps to appear due to other conditions. Even though these may not be associated with an emergency, they’re worth monitoring and discussing with your healthcare provider:
- This is tendinitis.
- Especially when accompanied by inflammation or infection, lymph nodes swell.
- In rheumatoid arthritis.
Talk with your doctor about any Lumps and Bumps on Your Body that are bigger than two inches (about the size of a golf ball), grow bigger, or are painful regardless of their location.
Dr. Shepard says new Lumps and Bumps on Your Body or symptoms that won’t dissolve within a few weeks should be reported to your doctor.