Benign Skin Tumor
The doctor will ask about your symptoms and health history. A physical exam will be done. It will focus on the skin. This is often enough to make the diagnosis in most people. A skin biopsy may be done on some people to confirm the diagnosis.
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The growth is harmless and does not need to be removed. Some people may want it removed when it is irritated by clothing or jewelry or is unsightly. This may result in small dark or light spot or a scar.
It can be removed using:
- A tool to scrape it off
- Cryotherapy to freeze the growth, which falls off a few days later
- Laser surgery to burn the growth off
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