- Benign—stop growing after they reach a certain size (eg, moles , polyps, lipomas); some can turn into cancer, but lipomas do not
- Malignant—cancer, rarely stops growing
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- Family history—Lipomas seem to run in families.
- Lipomatosis—This is a hereditary condition that produces many lipomas all over the body.
- Adiposis dolorosa—This is a rare disease that produces many painful lipomas.
- Usually less than 5 cm in size
- Soft and able to be moved around
- Often painless
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American Academy of Family Physicians http://familydoctor.org/
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- Reviewer: Brian Randall, MD
- Review Date: 11/2012 -
- Update Date: 11/16/2012 -