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Dr. Myron Arlen
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Fatty tissue or cancerous tumor, how to tell?

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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Malignant (Definition)

The term malignant can be used in several medical contexts, but is primarily used to describe cancers. More dangerous and disorderly than the benign growth of cells, malignant cells have developed genetic changes that can allow it to invade other tissues in an unregulated way. These tumors can later spread, or metastasize, to other parts of the body and ...Read more


Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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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?

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. Adam Smith
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Dr. Steven Warren
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How do i know if a Supraclavicular mass is cancerous or fatty tumor or cyst or tb?

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
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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?

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. Marina Landa
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How often do ovarian tumors become cancerous?

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
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Is it possible for a benign breast tumor become cancerous?

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
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It is possible that a benign breast tumor become cancerous?

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
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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?

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. Barry Rosen
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How do a cancerous tumor and a malignant tumor differ?

How do a cancerous tumor and a malignant tumor differ?

One and the Same: A "tumor" is simply a growth; they can be benign (incapable of distant spread) or malignant. Stated another way, a malignant tumor is a cancer. ...Read more

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Cancer (Definition)

An uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion and metastases is what cancer is defined as. It produced abnormal growth of cells which acquire destructive properties causing serious threat to host's life, unless it can be removed or destroyed by ...Read more


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