A lipoma that is left alone typically does not cause any problems. However, it can be excised if the lump bothers you.
You should consider removing your lipoma when the size of the growth is obstructing your daily activities. In some instances, the lipoma may grow to affect the nerve endings on some parts of the body, leading to pain when it is compressed. The growth can even cause numbness.
Similarly, you are advised to remove the lipoma if there is a medical or family history of skin cancer. Lipomas are benign tumours and do not spread throughout the body. However, liposarcoma, a rare type of cancer in fat cells, can be mistaken for a lipoma.
Due to various similar features and characteristics between a lipoma and liposarcoma, it is often difficult to tell if you are suffering from a more dangerous condition without a proper medical examination. Your doctor may arrange a biopsy to obtain a tissue sample for testing.
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