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A 33-year-old member asked:

i have a not like bump on my shoulder, what could it be?

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Dr. Jennifer Haley
Dermatology 23 years experience
Many possibilities: If it showed up abruptly and has not changes at all, it is most likely a dermatofibroma, which is a benign, stable, scar- like condition. Cysts and malignant tumors can also present this way so it really is best to schedule an appointment with a dermatologist. If he or she is not certain, a biopsy will be performed where a small sample is taken and send to the lab under local anesthesia.

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