If you or someone you love is diagnosed with lipoma, don’t worry. It is not cancer. A lipoma is a slow-growing, fatty lump that often rest between your skin and the underlying muscle layer. And it usually is just a harmless lump.
Definition of lipoma: a harmless lump around your underlying muscle layer
A lipoma, which feels doughy and usually isn’t tender, moves readily with slight finger pressure. In fact, it mostly rests between your skin and the underlying muscle layer. Most people find themselves with lipomas in their middle age. Some people have more than one lipoma.
A lipoma isn’t cancer and usually is harmless. In most cases you do not have to deal with it. But if the lipoma bothers you, is painful or is growing, you may want to have it removed.
Cause of lipoma: not cancer and perhaps hereditary
Researchers have not fully understood the cause of lipomas. But according to their knowledge so far, lipomas tend to run in families. So genetic factors likely play a role in their development.
A lipoma is rarely a serious medical condition. But if you notice a lump or swelling anywhere on your body, have it checked by your doctor.