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Dr. Myron Arlen
Board Certified, Surgical Oncology
59 years in practice
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Fatty tissue or cancerous tumor, how to tell?

Dr. Myron Arlen
Board Certified, Surgical Oncology
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Fatty tissue or cancerous tumor, how to tell?

Biopsy: Fatty tissue in the form of a lipoma becomes suspiciaous for malignancy when it grows and reachs over 10 cm. With large fatty tumors, total excision is required for diagnosis since part of the tumor can be benign and part malignant. A sample biopsy can prove to be wrong. ...Read more

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Dr. Vikram Patel
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells that occur in almost any organ or tissue in the body. Symptoms depend on the location of the cancer, and cancer often has the potential to grow and spread to other ...Read more


Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Board Certified, Dermatology
52 years in practice
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Sub mandibular Lymph node originally diagnosed as fatty tumor 6 yrs ago continues to grow. What are the chances this could be cancerous?

Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Board Certified, Dermatology
52 years in practice
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Sub mandibular Lymph node originally diagnosed as fatty tumor 6 yrs ago continues to grow. What are the chances this could be cancerous?

Which is it?: Submandibular is a common location for lymph nodes and salivary glands, not for lipomas. Since it is growing, you should have it examined and probably removed. Only a microscopic exam can define it so you will know what to do. ...Read more

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Dr. Vikram Patel
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Dr. Steven Warren
Board Certified, Family Medicine
4 years in practice
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How do i know if a Supraclavicular mass is cancerous or fatty tumor or cyst or tb?

Dr. Steven Warren
Board Certified, Family Medicine
4 years in practice
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How do i know if a 
Supraclavicular mass is cancerous or fatty tumor or cyst or tb?

Evaluation: you need chest X ray CT or MRI scan lab work a physical exam and other lab test please do not delay be seen soon ...Read more

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Dr. Deborah Ungerleider
Board Certified, Pediatrics
31 years in practice
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I have a knot under my left arm started out the size of a quarter now its the size of a baseball could it be a fatty tumor and is that cancer?

Dr. Deborah Ungerleider
Board Certified, Pediatrics
31 years in practice
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I have a knot under my left arm started out the size of a quarter now its the size of a baseball could it be a fatty tumor and is that cancer?

See your doctor.: A lump under your arm can be an abscess (infection) or a tumor or a cyst. You should be seen by a doctor to make the proper diagnosis. ...Read more

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Dr. Vikram Patel
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Dr. Susan Arnoult
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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Hey are these lipoma fatty tumours cancerous? Or can they be.. In some cases?

Dr. Susan Arnoult
Board Certified, Family Medicine
20 years in practice
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Hey are these lipoma fatty tumours cancerous? Or can they be.. In some cases?

Almost never: Lipomas are very common and very benign. They don't have to be removed unless they are causing pain. ...Read more

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Dr. Marina Landa
Board Certified, Pathology
27 years in practice
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How often do ovarian tumors become cancerous?

Dr. Marina Landa
Board Certified, Pathology
27 years in practice
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How often do ovarian tumors become cancerous?

Clinicopath. correla: One of the most important clinical features is the age of the patient. Approximately one of eight ovarian tumors in patients less than 45 year of age is malignant; by contrast, in older women, the proportion is about one of three. The single most common ovarian tumor, the mature cystic teratoma, dermoid cyst-benign tumor, is encountered at all ages. Clinicopathologic correlation is important. ...Read more

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Dr. Sewa Legha
Board Certified, Medical Oncology
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Is it possible for a benign breast tumor become cancerous?

Dr. Sewa Legha
Board Certified, Medical Oncology
45 years in practice
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Is it possible for a benign breast tumor become cancerous?

Rarely: It is uncommon for a proven benign tumor to become cancerous. But any change in size requires confirmation with a biopsy. The proof of cancer lies in biopsy and pathology examination under the microscope! ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Uyeda
Board Certified, General Surgery
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It is possible that a benign breast tumor become cancerous?

Dr. Robert Uyeda
Board Certified, General Surgery
40 years in practice
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It is possible that a benign breast tumor become cancerous?

Depends on : Which benign tumor. Fibroadenomas, the most common kind, do not become malignant until they become very large. Some other types, though, can undergo malignant transformation. So it is best to get them removed to know what kind of benign tumor. ...Read more

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Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
Board Certified, Medical Oncology
30 years in practice
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What screening tests can I ask the doctor for that will identify tumors and lesions in the body BEFORE they may become cancerous?

Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
Board Certified, Medical Oncology
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What screening tests can I ask the doctor for that will identify tumors and lesions in the body BEFORE they may become cancerous?

Thus: Yearly skin examination by your PCP or dermatologist, especially if you are fair skinned and have history of bad sunburns. Colonoscopy every 10 years starting at 50. Some patients are advised to start earlier or do it more often based on their risk. Yearly prostate exam and PSA measurements have fallen out of favor to a point but is something you should discuss with your doc so that the pros... ...Read more

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Are tumors that are cancerous considered to be malignant ?

Dr. Quang Nguyen
Board Certified, Endocrinology
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Are tumors that are cancerous considered to be malignant ?

Yes: Malignant is cancerous.

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