While any lump or bump you find on your hand or wrist can be considered a “tumor,” it does not mean that the tumor is cancerous. There are many different types of hand tumors, and most are benign, which means non-cancerous. Hand tumors can be something as common as a wart or a mole, which are on top of the skin, or something more uncommon that is beneath the skin. Here are some examples of common hand tumors:
1. Ganglion Cysts
These are some of the most common tumors in the hand, and the cause is unknown. Ganglion cysts are seen frequently in the wrist but can also appear at the base of your fingers or around the finger joints. The bump is typically filled with fluid, and it will feel very firm. It may or may not be painful. This type of tumor is not cancerous. If the bump is not painful and is not affecting your daily life, your surgeon may recommend to leave it alone. Other treatment options may include aspiration (puncturing with a needle) or surgically removing it.
If you have a tumor on your hand or wrist, your best option is to visit a hand surgeon to determine the type of tumor and make sure it isn’t cancerous. Your surgeon will help you decide the best treatment option. Sometimes, the best option is just to leave it alone. Other times, you may need surgery to remove it and find out more about what type of tumor it is. Learn more about hand tumors and other hand conditions and injuries at www.HandCare.org.