Most bumps and lumps
that occur as we age are harmless growths, spots, or skin tags that
remain stable once they have appeared.
are oval-shaped, brown or black, waxy, wart-like, flat-topped growths on
the face, neck, and trunk.
(ruby spots) are small, reddish-purple spots most often found on the
trunk and upper legs, but also on the face, neck, scalp, and arms. These
harmless bumps are clusters of dilated tiny blood vessels (capillaries)
and will bleed profusely if punctured. They are increasingly common
after age 40.
are fleshy, tag-like growths of skin on the face, neck, chest, underanns,
growths are small, yellowish bumps on the forehead and face.
or Patches Solar or actinic keratoses are small red patches caused by
long-term exposure to sunlight. These patches have a crusted, scaly,
yellow-brown surface. They are considered to be pre-cancerous. If
protected from the sun, the patches may grow smaller and disappear. If
sun exposure continues, they may eventually change into skin
Non-cancerous growths such as skin tags, sebaceous gland growths, and
seborrheic keratoses usually cannot be prevented.
To help prevent actinic keratoses, always use a sunscreen that has a sun
protective factor (SPF) of 15 or greater.
When to Call a
Health Professional ?
If any skin growth appears to change in size, shape, texture, or
If any sore persists for four to six weeks without healing.
If signs of skin cancer develop.