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Added: Wednesday, May 9th 2007 at 7:11pm by MentalHealthRN
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Praise the Lord and pass the biscuits!  I had my appointment today and found out the mass on my back  is a "lipoma."  A very common " mass like"  tumor/cyst that is a noncancerous growth.  Thanks for the prayers and support.  Below is a photo ( not mine) but an idea of what they look like.  As with all things, there are other lesions that can look "similar" and should be checked by a physican for a finally diagnosis. 




What is a lipoma?

A lipoma is a growth of fat cells in a thin, fibrous capsule usually found just below the skin. Lipomas are found most often on the torso, neck, upper thighs, upper arms, and armpits, but can occur almost anywhere in the body. One or more lipomas may be present at the same time. Lipomas are the most common noncancerous soft tissue growth.

What causes a lipoma?

The cause of lipomas is not completely understood, but the tendency to develop them is inherited. A minor injury may trigger the growth. Being overweight does not cause lipomas.

What are the symptoms of a lipoma?

Lipomas usually:

  • Are small [0.4 in. to 1.2 in.] and felt just under the skin.
  • Are movable and have a soft, rubbery consistency.
  • Do not cause pain.
  • Remain the same size over years or grow very slowly.

Often the most bothersome symptom is the location or increased size that makes the lipoma noticeable by others.

How are lipomas diagnosed?

A lipoma can usually be diagnosed by its appearance alone, but your health professional may want to remove it to make sure the growth is noncancerous.

How are lipomas treated?

Lipomas do not generally require treatment. Because lipomas are not cancerous growths and cannot become cancerous, they do not need to be removed. There is no known treatment to prevent lipomas or affect their growth.

A lipoma may be surgically removed if symptoms develop, such as if the lipoma:

  • Becomes painful or tender.
  • Becomes infected or inflamed repeatedly.
  • Drains foul-smelling discharge.
  • Interferes with movement or function.
  • Increases in size.
  • Becomes unsightly or bothersome.

Most lipomas can be removed in the doctor's office or outpatient surgery center. The doctor injects a local anesthetic around the lipoma, makes an incision in the skin, removes the growth, and closes the incision with stitches (sutures). If the lipoma is in an area of the body that cannot be easily reached through a simple incision in the skin, the lipoma may need to be removed in the operating room under general anesthesia.

Who is affected by lipomas?

Lipomas occur in all age groups but most often appear in middle age. Single lipomas occur with equal frequency in men and women. Multiple lipomas occur more frequently in men.

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[KISS] how ya feeling JennyHennyPenny?[HEART]
Thank God that it is not cancer!![THUMBUP][THUMBUP][HEART][HEART] I am glad that you got it checked out Cindy!!

Love ya,
Jenn[HEART][HEART] (((((((HUGS))))))
I'm a little bit better. Still resting and doing my breathing treatments. I am on steroids but starting to taper off of them now.[HEART][HEART]
careful Jenn, you know those steriod scare me.[HEART][HEART][HEART]
They do me too but I have to be able to breathe. I do have the pain pills for my leg and have had to take them a couple of times since I started the steroids. It would help if we could dry out some here.[HEART][WINK]
Wow, I never knew there were such things! Glad you got it checked out.[SMILE][HEART]
I'm glad things turned out ok Cindy! I missed hearing about your lump. I know that kind of thing is scary and stressful. [SAD][HEART] My Richard has one too. [HEART]
[THUMBUP] Such good news! I've been praying for you. What a relief! [THUMBUP]
thanks you my sweet friend... I am blessed with people that would keep me lifted up in their prayers.[HEART]
Great news. You are always in my prayers. [THUMBUP][HEART]
*doing a little happy dance* Hooray! [HEART]
Wonderful news!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!![HEART][HEART][HEART][HEART]
so do you have to have it removed? glad it turned out well cindy lou! [HEART][HEART]
[THUMBUP] So glad to hear that it is 'ok'. It can be so, frightening, when you see one of these things - I have one on my lower back - when I had it checked, many years ago now, I was ;frantic' with worry. Now, it is merely a 'nuiscance' when wearing swimwear etc. but I think of it as 'could have been far worse' and get on with it [LOL] Relax now, you have had the 'all clear' [THUMBUP][THUMBUP] [HEART][HEART]
Three years ago I had one of those things removed from my back... in almost the same location as yours. It was about the size of a Grade A Large egg. The surgeon said it just popped out "like a grape". He asked if I wanted to keep it. I just smiled and said... "Thanks... but no." I am always happy when news is good. [SMILE]
Whew![KISS]Here's another...[KISS]
So glad it wasgood news Cindy
Glad your ok [SMILE][HEART]
Good news,did I not tell you this earlier[GLARE][GLARE][GLARE][GLARE][SMILE]
Wonderful news!!![HEART][HEART][KISS]
So glad you went to the doctor. One never knows until a professional diagnoses exactly what something might be.[HEART][OHMY][HUH]

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