A cherry angioma is a noncancerous (benign) skin growth made up of blood vessels.
Cherry angiomas are fairly common skin growths that vary in size. They can occur almost anywhere on the body, but usually develop on the trunk.
They are most common after age 30. The cause is unknown, but they tend to be inherited (genetic).
A cherry angioma is:
- Bright cherry-red
- Small — pinhead size to about one quarter inch (0.5 centimeter) in diameter
- Smooth, or can stick out from the skin
Exams and Tests
Your health care provider will look at the growth on your skin to diagnose a cherry angioma. No further tests are usually necessary. Sometimes a skin biopsy is used to confirm the diagnosis.
Cherry angiomas usually do not need to be treated. If they affect your appearance or bleed often, they may be removed by:
- Burning (electrosurgery or cautery)
- Freezing (cryotherapy)
- Shave excision
Cherry angiomas are noncancerous. They usually do not harm your health. Removal usually does not cause scarring.
A cherry angioma may cause:
- Bleeding if it is injured
- Changes in appearance
- Emotional distress
When to Contact a Medical Professional
Call your provider if:
- You have symptoms of a cherry angioma and you would like to have it removed
- The appearance of a cherry angioma (or any skin lesion) changes