Are skin tags a sign of skin cancer?

Doctor dermatologist examines skin tags Our doctors at the Skin and Beauty Center of California speak with patients about unusual skin growths and developments and what they could mean for one’s health. While changing moles may be a sign of skin cancer, there are other growths that might be the reason for concern as well. Our team is dedicated to answering questions patients have about certain marks, growths, and changes on the skin, including the development of skin tags. What are they, and can they be cancerous? Read on to learn more!

What are skin tags?

Skin tags are best described as small, benign growths that can form on the skin. They are usually flesh-colored or slightly darker and can vary in size from a few millimeters to over a centimeter. Skin tags are not cancerous and will not pose any health risks. However, they can be annoying or uncomfortable if they rub against clothing or get caught on jewelry.

Where can skin tags develop?

Skin tags are most commonly found on areas of the body such as the neck, underarms, or around the groin area. They may also occur on the eyelids, breasts, or anywhere else on the body where there is friction between skin surfaces.

Are skin tags signs of skin cancer?

Most skin tags are benign, meaning they’re not a sign of skin cancer. However, if you have a new skin tag that is abnormal in appearance or is growing rapidly, it is critical that you visit a doctor and rule out the possibility of skin cancer. Skin tags are more likely to be cancerous if they’re large, bleeding, or located in an area of the body that gets a lot of sun exposure.

Can skin tags be removed?

While skin tags are usually harmless, some people may choose to have them removed for cosmetic reasons. Skin tags are removed by a doctor through a simple, quick outpatient procedure. However, insurance companies typically do not cover the cost of removal unless the skin tag is determined to be cancerous.

Schedule an evaluation at the Skin and Beauty Center!

If you’re concerned about a skin tag, please consult with a dermatologist or other medical professional at the Skin and Beauty Center of California. Call one of the six office locations throughout California to discuss your skincare needs and request a skin cancer screening.

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