I have had a bump behind my ear for 4 years and it's starting to get worse, what could it be? (photo)

I noticed about 4 years ago a bump on the back of my conchal bowl that had never been there before. I thought it may have been a pimple and tried to squeeze it but it just hurt. Not too long after I tried squeezing it again and white stuff/clear liquid came out and then started bleeding and the bump was gone. A few days later it was back and has never left. Now if I squeeze it just blood will come out and it will hurt for a few seconds. All around it the skin behind my hear is dry and peeling.

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Bump on the back of the ear

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This could easily be a benign growth such as a mole or a cyst but to be safe, you should be carefully evaluated by a board certified dermatologist. It would be an extremely simple five minute procedure for a dermatologist to remove this growth using a "shave" technique which typically leaves a minimal scar. The growth can then be checked microscopically for reassurance.Please use the ABCDE's as your guide for when to be concerned about moles: A for Asymmetry; B for Irregular Borders; C for Black or uneven Colors; D fordiameter greater than a pencil eraser; and E for a growth that is Evolving or changing.
You can follow the video link below to learn more about identifying the changes in moles that are suspicious for skin cancer.

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