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A skin tag is a small tag of skin that looks like a small piece of soft, hanging skin. These are also known as acrochordon, cutaneous papilloma, cutaneous tag, fibroepithelial polyp, fibroma molluscum, fibroma pendulum, papilloma colli, soft fibroma, and a Templeton skin tag. It is possible for cutaneous skin tags to appear on any part of the surfaces of the skin and on all areas of the body. However, they most commonly will appear on the eyelids, armpits, under the breasts, in the groin area, on the upper chest, ear skin tag, and on the neck. Skin tags most frequently occur in the creases and foldings of the skin. For this reason, certain people are more susceptible to have them than others. For example, people who are overweight and obese will typically be much more prone to developing skin tags. Their excess weight causes them to have excess skin, which creases and overlaps at a greater rate.
Skin tags are comprised of a core of fibers and ducts, nerve cells, fat cells, and a covering or epidermis. Although you should see a medical professional when they get out of hand or look abnormal, skin tags are most often benign tumors especially skin tag on ears. This means that they are non-cancerous. Researchers suggest that there are cases where the development of skin tags may be hereditary. For those who have close family relatives who have a significant number of skin tags, it is more expected that they too will have skin tags. According to the National Institutes of Health, approximately forty-six percent of people have skin tags.
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