Information for Patients
Lumps and Bumps
This term usually refers to various lumps and nodules that arise from the superficial layers of the skin or deeper layers under the skin. Although many of these lumps and bumps are non-cancerous, there is understandably a concern that it may be cancerous. In such situations, it may be advisable to remove the lesion by doing a small operation which can often be under local anaesthesia. Once removed, the lump is examined under the microscopy to establish the diagnosis of whether it is benign or cancerous.
Some of these superficial lumps are pockets of infection (abscesses) that need to be surgically drained to release the pus and prevent further worsening of the infection. Such infected areas are usually red, swollen, painful and may be discharging pus. Diabetics and patients with impaired immune function have a much higher chance of getting these infections. If in doubt about any lumps and bumps that you have, please see your doctor for further assessment and advice.