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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

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...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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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?

Could be lipoma: Lipoma are not cancer, but depends on how fast it's growing. If it's within few days I would be concerned about infection. Of months to years a lipoma is likely, but it's not a bad idea to have your primary doc take a look ...Read more

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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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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 odds of a tumor being cancerous?

Need more info,,: I think more information is needed for your question. In general, very few tumors are actually cancerous, and these are detected only at the end of their growth. Even a small mass is the result of many doublings of cancer cells. It can be that a person has a lump or two in their body without knowing it. That's why so many imaging devices and screening techniques are needed to find what we can. ...Read more

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Do you know if pancoast tumors are cancerous?

Do you know if pancoast tumors are cancerous?

Yes: A Pancoast tumor, is a tumor of the pulmonary apex. It is a malignant lung cancer that is primarily defined by its location situated at the top end of either the right or left lung. It tends to spread to nearby tissues such as the ribs and spine Most of these lesions are non-small cell cancers. The tumor can cause compression of a brachiocephalic vein, subclavian artery, and phrenic nerve ...Read more

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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