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Lipomas

A lipoma is a soft movable benign tumor of the adipose tissue of the skin. Most lipomas are painless and are small but can enlarge to sizes greater than 6 centimeters in size. Lipomas are often found on the torso, neck, upper arms, and upper thighs, but can occur almost anywhere on the body. Lipomas are the most common noncancerous soft tissue growth.

The cause of lipomas is not completely understood, but the tendency to develop them is inherited. A lipoma can usually be diagnosed by appearance alone and generally does not require treatment, but your healthcare provider may want to remove it to make sure the growth is noncancerous.