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Tumor Under Skin
"tumor" literally translates as "mass", so even a fresh bruise could be called a "tumor". Doctors use the term "neoplasm" (tranlates literally as new growth) to describe tumors that are abnormal growths of cells. These may be benign or malignant; "malignant" = cancer. In everyday usage, we use "tumor" ...Read more
Possible bx: A cyst under the skin when palpated gives the suggestion that there might be fluid present. Placing a fine 22 gauge needle into it can define if fluid is present. Most lesions under the skin rarely are cysts but rather lipomas, fibromas, neuromas and the intial growth of desmoid like lesions. Here a biopsy or excision can resolve the problem. ...Read more
It's impossible: Feeling tumors is not 100% reliable, and you should be examined in person by a dermatologist or a surgeon. Generally, lumps that are soft, fleshy, and easily movable underneath the skin are less aggressive. ...Read more
Exposure: Skin tumors develop because of exposure to UV or cutaneous carcinogens. Majoiry are basal cell Ca, some squamous and melanoma. If appearance of superficial ulcer then Efudex (fluorouracil) (5 FU cream used) Otherwise excisional bx required if lesion enlarges. When pigmented wide excision for possible melanoma needed. ...Read more
Brain tumor: Brain tumor can originate from the brain itself or can be a spread from cancer from outside the brain. Yes, any tumor/growth in the brain is a major problem as the brain is located inside a closed space system i.e. Skull- so any tumor/growth in the brain will increase pressure inside the system causing damage to the brain and could be lethal. ...Read more
Leprosy: Hansen's disease is leprosy, which is an infection caused by mycobactrium leprae. The "tumors" or bumps you see in the skin of leprosy are a result of a type of inflammation. They are not growths we typically think in tumors. Leprosy classification is based on the type of immune response. The nodules (or tumor looking lesions) are seen in people lepromatous leprosy. ...Read more
Varies: Tumors on the outside of the head tend to be either in the soft tissues of the skin or in the bone. The boney tumors tend to be hard and usually start out small and grow out from the skull. The tumors in the skin/scalp tend to be softer. These can grow to large sizes if there is no intervention. These may be benign (ie. Lipoma) or malignant (ie. Skin cancers). ...Read more
It could...: ...But it could be other things, such as a small pool of blood called a "venous lake." remember that not all tumors are dangerous; most are not, actually. But someone (preferably a dermatologist) needs to look at it to give you a definite answer. ...Read more
Unlikely: Please see your md for a physical to be sure but such a complaint is rarely related to brain tumors. ...Read more
Had few illnesses but recently I can feel small hard lumps under my skin that don't move. Tumors?
Don't jump...: ...To any conclusions. There are lots of causes of small hard lumps, and most of them are not tumors (or at least not the kind that are dangerous). Let a dermatologist look at them, and if necessary, biopsy them. ...Read more
Feels like a egg on the side of my head I had it since I was younger but it grew a little bigger is it just the shape of my head or a tumor?
Impossible to tell: From a distance. Given what you say, far more likely just the shape of your head. Recommend research anatomy on line (including Google images), seek help worthy of your trust & after a careful exam & characterization of the "egg", consider imaging with Ultrasound, CAT scan or MRI to better characterize - IF judged worth both the cost & risks by BOTH you & the advisers you choose to work with. ...Read more
Since 3 months, sometimes I feel like a kind of pressure (no pain) on the left side on the top of my head, always on the same area. Is it tumor?
Unlikely: Head pressure, tension headaches are quite common in otherwise healthy people. It is not a serious symptom of anything like a tumor. Take some tylenol (acetaminophen) and it should settle down. Only if you have progressively increasing headaches is it worth getting concerned about. But that does not seem to be the case at the moment. ...Read more
Yes: Brain tumors can lead to direct pressure on the surrounding tissues. This can lead to headaches. Headaches can also occur from hydrocepahalus, that is back up of fluid in the brain. If the has worsen or don't improve, you should have it checked out by your physician. ...Read more
No: If you hear water slogging it's more likely water in your ear than a tumor. Most head tumors have a growth or cause pain if they're inside your skull. Tilt your head to the side that's slogging, pull the ear back and up and shake your head vigorously- that will usually cause the water to drain. ...Read more
Sun exsposure: Because of excessive exposure to sun the country's 22 million people are 13 times more likely to develop skin cancer than the global average. It has the globe's highest rate of deadly melanoma and one of the highest overall rates of cancer. Australia's proximity to Antarctica, where there is a hole in the ozone layer that filters out UV rays may also increase the risk. There are also higher rates of detection and tracking that can explain the number of cases of cancer diagnosed each year. ...Read more
Not certain of?: Skin, made up of epidermis, can be found in benign tumor, such as a teratoma, epidermal inclusion cyst, branchial cleft anomalies, etc. So, I am not sure if you mean the tumor is producing the skin, or if you mean skin overlying the tumor is shed. If the latter, that may mean the tumor is growing and cutting off blood supply to the overlying skin--causing it to slough. ...Read more
Several yrs: The more common skin lesions are relatively slow in terms of mets. Basal cell rarely spreads, squamous cell with time can be aggressive and spread to nodes. Melanoma as it transforms from the nevus to the nodular and then ulcerating melanoma can then spread to any known organ in the body. The angiosarcomas and Kaposi sarcoma can become very aggressive. All lesions when treated early are cureable ...Read more
Impossible to say: Without actually examining it and possibly getting a biopsy, it's impossible to say what you have. Based on your description of a rubbery lump under your skin, my guess would be either lipoma or some cyst like epidermal inclusion cyst. Those are benign. But you may have a rare soft tissue sarcoma, which can be dangerous. You should have it checked. ...Read more
Are tumors and blod clots a common cause of headaches? What can cause sharp brief pains in the head?
No!: Headaches are commonly caused by benign conditions such as Migraine and tension headaches which are commonly due to stress. Sharp pains which last less than a minute or two are of no significance and therefore can be safely ignored. If you get anxious about them, they may keep coming back. So try to relax, think positively and reduce your stress level by having adequate sleep and do daily exercis ...Read more
My finger is very very big due to 2 tumors on it and my finger with skin beside it hurts me much, what should I do?
Removal: See your doctor about removal. LGet a more detailed answer ›
Is it true falling on your head can cause a tumor? I hit my forehead 2 months ago but haven't had any problems, people have been saying that
No tumor: Trauma is not a carcinogenic factor so that injuring ones head can not induce cancer formation. On the other hand trauma can induce a site of TGF-B and platelet derived growth factor and I've seen sites of trauma such a head, develop a hematoma followed by migration of tumor cells from a previous malignancy to the site of hematoma in the head or other site. ...Read more
I have tumor on left temple for a few months... it is 1 inch across and 1/2 inch high. Can I split the skin and take it out my self? Jane van Dis
Try to remove: Depending on age, the most common cause of a large painless nodular lesion of the temple is keratosis. These lesions never bleed since they represent accumulation of skin in layers and at times can be peeled off. Other nodular lesions like an amelanotic nevus would bleed if irritated as would be true of an exophytic squamous malignancy. ...Read more
Missed some?: The excision might have missed a mmicroscopic portion and it grew back. Or, you could have grown another tumor right next to it. Some malignant tumors can be very aggressive and recur frequently. Either way, please return to your physician if you haven't already. ...Read more
Yes, can be helped.: The tumor could cause many neurological symptoms and needs to be managed as effectively as possible, depending on characteristics and pathology. Possible to have both a tumor and ms, but latter should be considered only if you have signs of clearcut demyelinating disease involving spinal cord, with a diagnostic spinal fluid profile, as brain lesions in presence of tumor could be misleading. ...Read more
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