When Your Body's Lumps and Bumps Are a Cause for Concern

Did you wake up one day with a strange bump on your body, or do you have a lump that keeps growing bigger? Sometimes, these lumps and bumps are nothing to worry about; other times, they could be a sign of something more serious. If you need to have a mysterious lump or bump looked at or removed, let our experienced surgeons at South Florida Surgical Group in Miami, Florida help you.

When not to worry

Many lumps and bumps are nothing to worry about. For example, maybe you developed some acne on your cheek, got stung by a bee, or bitten by some kind of bug. Usually, these are nothing to worry about. See a doctor if the bump gets bigger, feels warm to the touch, or fills with pus. You could have an infection. 

Harmless or cause for concern? 

If you have a lump or bump growing on your skin or protruding from your body, come see us. There’s no way to tell if something’s harmless or a cause for concern until one of our specialists takes a look at it and asks you questions about your health history. Here are some examples of lumps and bumps that are usually harmless but may need to be surgically removed:

When to seek medical attention

Swollen lymph nodes

Swollen lymph nodes in your neck, armpit, or groin could be a sign of infection, a virus, or cancer in rare cases. Keep an eye on them and go to your primary care physician for a check up if they keep growing larger. 

A lump in or on your breast

There’s a common misconception that breast lumps only affect women. Men can have them too. When you find a lump in your breast, it’s important to take action. It may be a harmless, fatty lump, a cyst, or it could be cancer. We treat both men and women with many types of breast disease.

Skin cancer

Weird lumps or bumps on your skin may be nothing to worry about, or they could be skin cancer. Learn the signs, and protect yourself from the sun. If you do have skin cancer, we can surgically remove it. If it’s spread to other areas of your body, we’ll refer you to a cancer specialist.


If you feel a lump or bump protruding from your belly area, it could be a hernia. Hernias occur when organs or tissues from inside your body pop out through a weak or torn muscle. Some people can go on with their normal lives for many years before they need to have a hernia surgically repaired; for others, it needs to be dealt with immediately. It all depends on where it’s located and how severe it is.  

While these conditions may not all be life-threatening, it's still important to get a diagnosis and the proper treatment. To book a consultation with one of our experienced surgeons, you can request an appointment online or call 305-279-9522 today.

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