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Can Fatty Tumors Become Cancerous
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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Yes: Malignant is cancerous. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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