Overview

Lumps can appear anywhere on your body. Most lumps are harmless but it's important to see your GP if you're worried or the lump is still there after 2 weeks.

Most lumps are normal

Most people get lumps and growths on their skin at some point. They can be caused by many things.

They can:

  • be soft or hard to touch
  • move around
  • be the size of a pea or a golf ball
  • be a lump under the skin or a growth that hangs off your skin

See a GP if:

  • your lump gets bigger
  • your lump is painful, red or hot
  • your lump is hard and doesn't move
  • a lump grows back after it's been removed
  • you have a lump in the breast or testicles
  • you have a swelling on the side of the neck, armpit or groin that doesn't go down

What happens at your appointment

Your GP will look at your lump. They can tell you what's causing it in most cases.

If they're unsure, they might refer you to hospital for tests, such as a biopsy (where they test a very small sample if the lump) or an ultrasound scan.

Possible causes of lumps

Use these links to get an idea of what you can do about most lumps. Don't self-diagnose - see a GP if you're worried.

Lumps anywhere in the body

  • Small, fleshy growth on the skin - could be a skin tag
  • Soft, squashy lump that moves - could be lipoma
  • Hard lump that moves - could be skin cyst
  • Hard, painful lump with a high temperature - could be a skin abscess

Lumps on the armpit, neck or groin

  • Swelling on the side of the neck, armpit or groin - could be swollen gland
  • Lump in the groin - could be hernia
  • Lump on the front of the neck - could be goitre
  • Fleshy growths around the groin - could be genital warts
  • Swelling on the side of the neck, armpit or groin that doesn't go down - could be non-Hodgkins lymphoma

Lumps around the bottom

  • Lump or lumps around the anus, often with itching or pain - could be piles
  • Lump on the anus and the need to do a poo - rectal prolapse

Lump on the breast or testicle

Lump on the hands

  • Smooth lump on the hand, wrist or finger - could be ganglion cyst
  • Rough growth on the hand or finger - could be a wart
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The information on this page has been adapted by NHS Wales from original content supplied by NHS UK NHS website nhs.uk
Last Updated: 31/10/2018 15:33:53