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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


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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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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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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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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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Which types of tumors are cancerous?

Malignant: By definition, malignant tumors are cancerous. A tumor is just an abnormal swelling - many times it is benign (no serious, imminent concern). But if it is found to contain cancerous cells, it is then malignant. ...Read more

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What are the chances of a tumor not being cancerous?

What are the chances of a tumor not being cancerous?

Common: A tumor by any other name is a growth. It can be either benign or malignant, differentiated based upon the potential to spread. The best way to determine this is by a tissue biopsy, but we can make better predictions based on the organ of origin, physical exam, and x-ray findings. ...Read more

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What are the steps to seeing if a tumor is cancerous, other can cutting it out?

What are the steps to seeing if a tumor is cancerous, other can cutting it out?

Biopsy : A piece of the tumor can be taken out and sent off to a laboratory for analysis. This is called a biopsy. The cells are analyzed for any cancerous or precancerous activity. The results are reported back to your doctor, and then to you. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a non malignant tumor become malignant ?

Is it possible for a non malignant tumor become malignant ?

A few do: Almost all colon cancer arise in colonic polyps which start out as benign tumors. However, vast majority of benign tumor do not become malignant, e.g., moles and uterine leiomyomas. ...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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