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Lumps and bumps

Can I get rid of this irritating mole


Skin lesions are lumps or bumps on your skin, such as moles, cysts, warts, skin tags and lipomas. Most skin lesions are harmless and don’t need to be removed. But if it’s causing symptoms, or if there’s any concern it could be cancerous it will need to be removed.


Moles are small, dark patches on your skin. You may be born with them, but they mostly develop when you’re a child or in your early adult life. Keratoses are brown or pink scaly bits of skin that can appear anywhere on your body. There are several different types of keratosis. Some are related to sun exposure and have a small risk of developing into skin cancer. Warts are small, rough lumps that are caused by infection with the human papilloma virus (HPV).

Skin tags are small, flesh-coloured bumps on your skin. They often form where your skin creases or gets rubbed (for example, on your neck).


Most skin lesions can be removed under local anaesthetic as a day case procedure. It’s important to realise, especially if you’re having your skin lesion removed for cosmetic reasons, that the procedure will leave a scar although every effort is made to minimise this.

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