Many possible tumors could leave a mark on your hand or wrist and they all look different. At first glance, it may look like something that doesn’t require you to be concerned. Everybody thinks that if it’s a tumor, that means you have cancer and that isn’t always the case.

You may have a bump on your hand that is considered a tumor, and yet is not cancerous. Something like a mole or wart could be skin-deep but other causes could be underneath the skin.

Here are some common causes of bumps on hands.

Ganglion Cysts

Ganglion cysts can vary based on how they look as well as how big they are. How they feel when touched will also depend on the person. If you have one, it most likely will be on your finger or your wrist. Nobody knows what causes these. It is recommended to be left alone if it’s not causing pain and not getting in the way of doing everyday tasks. If you do want to get it removed, it may need aspirated or it may take surgery to remove it.

Giant Cell Tumor

These have been known to get bigger and are not filled with anything. These are common and also have no reason to cause concern. If you have one, it will be on the wrist or hand.

Epidermal Inclusion Cyst

Just like the others on this list, this cyst is not a sign of cancer. If you suffered a laceration on your hand, then this cyst could form where that laceration used to be. Unlike the giant cell tumor, these cysts do contain a soft waxy material called keratin.

Dupuytren’s Contracture

When your hand has Dupuytren’s Contracture, many people think it’s a tumor but it’s not anything to worry about. The effects will result in hard cords, pits, and bumps which will make flattening your hand a very hard task to do.

If you notice something on your hand that you don’t recognize, the best thing to do is consult with Dr. Yospur, a hand surgeon. Once he tells you what the cause of the bump on your hand is, he will know the best way to get rid of it.

If it’s not cancerous, you may be advised to not take any action. If you don’t want to go for hand surgery, there may be other ways to get rid of what is on your hand.

If a bump on your hand is causing you concern, make an appointment. Contact us today.