Unexpected Lumps and Bumps IN and ON Your Body!

Learn the warning signs of eye, brain and oral cancer. Plus, an unsightly growth can mimic melanoma, and most people will develop it in their lifetime. Find out what it is and how to treat it. 

Identifying Lumps and Bumps

Strange-looking growths on your skin or in your mouth can be scary if you don't know what they are. The Doctors identify different types of lumps and bumps, and explain whether you should be worried about them and how to get rid of them.

One of the most dangerous types of bumps is a melanoma, a type of skin cancer that is the leading cause of death from skin disease. Learn the warning signs to determine whether a mole is cancerous.

Pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears soaks in a bathtub to find out what causes your hands to shrivel in water. Does pruning serve a purpose?

Brain Tumor Removal

When Laura noticed a bump on her forehead was growing, she was convinced that something was wrong, even though doctors told her "it's no big deal."

She pushed until she was sent to see neurosurgeon Dr. Isaac Yang at UCLA, who identified the bump as a tumor that needed to be removed .

Lipoma Removal Surgery
Robin was increasingly bothered by a marble-sized bump on her back. She visited Dr. Howard Liu, with the Cedars Sinai Medical Group, to determine what it was and whether she should be worried. Watch as Dr. Liu examines and removes the growth.

Dr. Liu identified the bump as a lipoma, a benign collection of fat cells. Lipomas form when normal fat cells grow into an encapsulated ball, which can cause it to protrude from the skin's surface.

Lipomas are more common in men and people over 40. They usually should be removed so they don't continue to grow and become painful.

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Eye Lumps and Bumps
The average person gets one or two stys during his or her life. Stys are formed when bacteria block the glands at the edge of the eyelid, and in most cases, they disappear on their own in a few days.

Ophthalmologist Dr. Abah Amin says you can treat a sty with a hot potato. To help relieve discomfort, she suggests cutting a warmed potato in half, placing it in a washcloth and gently pressing it to your eye for 10 or 15 minutes, three or four times a day.

Contact your doctor if the sty doesn’t go away within 48 hours.

Dr. Amin demonstrates how doctors can drain a sty to help relieve pressure .

Tips to Avoid a Sty:
• Don't touch your eyes with dirty hands
• Remove makeup before bed
• Throw away outdated cosmetics
• Wash hands before changing your contacts, and make sure your contacts are clean

Oral CancerCheryl has smoked for more than 30 years, and she's concerned about a sore on her gums. She said she's never thought about the possibility of oral cancer until now.
"When you smoke, you only think of lung cancer," Cheryl says.

She asks The Doctors:  "What are the signs of oral cancer?"

Skin Cancer

Ashley from Charlotte, N.C., writes:
Hi Doctors. My grandpa has a really scary looking brown warty thing on his face. I am concerned it is skin cancer and (he) should have it removed, but the doctor said it was totally fine. Should he get a second opinion?

"There’s a big difference between 'This looks really gross and scary,' and 'This is dangerous as opposed to benign,'" E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork says. "If in doubt, get it checked out.”

Dr. Liu explains the difference between a melanoma and a benign seborrheic keratosis .

Signs a Growth is Benign:
• Many bumps in one place, as opposed to a single growth
• Looks like someone took clay or a blob of dirt and "stuck" it on the skin
• Warty appearance
• A rough surface with deep pits and fissures, similar to cauliflower