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A 21-year-old male asked:

A small bone hard lump on the of my head. about the size of a dime. it is painful to the touch but not otherwise. is this a tumor? or is it benign?

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Dr. Myron Arlen
Surgical Oncology 65 years experience
Tumor: By definition a tumor is a mass, either benign or malignant. On the top of the head, a lesion the size of a dime falls into the benign group of tumors. It can be a true bony lesion or osteoma, a small fibrous tumor, a dense lipoma or cytst. Malignant tumors here usually ulcerate the skin. If it grows or becomes painful then biopsy is indicated.
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Last updated Jun 21, 2014

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