Other Names: Benign cancers
Nature: A lipoma is a common benign fatty growth or tumour. They can be found virtually anywhere in the body, notably under the skin. They may become plum-sized, but generally do not change much in size over time. Lipomas cause no health problems and can be removed by simple cosmetic surgery if desired. If they are not causing a problem they will usually be left alone.
Incidence: Lipomas are fairly common in the general population.
Problem Type: G: Very specific problems
Date of last update 27.09.1998 – 00:00 CEST