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How can I remove this tumor under my skin on my shoulder.?

How can I remove this tumor under my skin on my shoulder.?

See a surgeon: A good start would be to see a surgeon. The surgeon can tell you the risks and benefits if removal as well as what you can expect after surgery. ...Read more

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Neoplasms (Definition)

"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


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How do you tell the difference between a cyst and a cancerous tumor under the skin?

How do you tell the difference between a cyst and a cancerous tumor under the skin?

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

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How can I tell between a benign tumor and a malignant tumor under the skin, just by feeling it?

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

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What do tumors look like under the skin?

What do tumors look like under the skin?

Unclear question: A tumor under the skin would appear as a lump that may be visible and palpable. ...Read more

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How are skin tumors typically treated?

How are skin tumors typically treated?

Surgical Removal: Skin tumors are usually removed by surgical excision with or without stitching afterwards. ...Read more

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Why do tumors develop in the skin? How are they treated?

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

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What are tumors of the skin typically associated with hansen's disease?

What are tumors of the skin typically associated with hansen's disease?

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

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Could this little black skin bump be a tumor?

Could this little black skin bump be a tumor?

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

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Had few illnesses but recently I can feel small hard lumps under my skin that don't move. Tumors?

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

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Why do people in Australia get so many skin cancers and tumors?

Why do people in Australia get so many skin cancers and tumors?

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