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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

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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Are the lumps in my legs fatty tumors or what? I have several lumps/bumps under the skin around my upper thigh area. One is near my panty line, it is about the size of the tip of my thumb and hard but does not hurt. It's been there probably 8 or 9 years

Are the lumps in my legs fatty tumors or what? I have several lumps/bumps under the skin around my upper thigh area.  One is near my panty line, it is about the size of the tip of my thumb and hard but does not hurt.  It's been there probably 8 or 9 years

Fatty : Fatty tumors (or lipomas) are usually not hard. They are usually soft and squishy. If you have a hard mass along your lower panty line that could be a chronically inflammed inguinal lymph node. Can't determine what they are through this venu. Recommend that a family doctor or dermatologist examine you and determine what the lesions are. ...Read more

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I have a pain that is giving me a head ache right above my eyebrow when I touch it hurt under the skin. I'm scared this could be a brain tumor. 22Y/o?

It's not a toomah: If it's right under your skin, it's outside your skull, which means it isn't in your brain, all of which (hopefully) is inside your skull. Find something else to be frightened of, like who may win the 2016 presidential election. Now THAT's scary. ...Read more

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I hav varicose vein behind knee, in this place under the skin I can feel pea size lump, not protruding.vein not painful.tumor or blood clot?

I hav varicose vein behind knee, in this place under the skin I can feel pea size lump, not protruding.vein not painful.tumor or blood clot?

Experienced hands: If something can be felt but not seen then often a clinician can determine the most likely diagnosis by palpating the area in physical exam. Superficial blood clots or varicosities are easily palpated, but more serious deep venous thrombosis usually are not. Cysts, lymph nodes, and a variety of skin nodules can be found behind the knee too. ...Read more

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Feels like an 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?

Feels like an 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

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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?

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

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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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What are the signs of tumor in the head?

What are the signs of tumor in the head?

Many: The head is a complex place. If you have headaches, face pain, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, rapid onset stuffiness, nose bleeds, eye pain, etc, call your doctor. Your doctor can discuss what's going on with you and make sure you have an appropriate, focused work- up. ...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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How do you get tumors in your head and can they be a major problem?

How do you get tumors in your head and can they be a major problem?

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

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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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If a tumor is on the outside your head will it be hard or soft and how far would it stick out?

If a tumor is on the outside your head will it be hard or soft and how far would it stick out?

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

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Could this little black skin bump be a tumor?

Could this little black skin bump be a tumor?

It could...: 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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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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Could an internal clicking in my head be connected to a tumor?

Could an internal clicking in my head be connected to a tumor?

Unlikely: Please see your md for a physical to be sure but such a complaint is rarely related to brain tumors. ...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...: 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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Could you have a tumor when your head hurts consantely?

Could you have a tumor when your head hurts consantely?

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

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What to do if I discovered cyst or tumor like thing on my head scalp yesterday. Is this serious?

What to do if I discovered cyst or tumor like thing on my head scalp yesterday. Is this serious?

No: Cysts of the scalp are very common. Most are sebaceous cysts which will eventually drain spontaneously. If continues to enlarge, the whole cyst with capsule should be excised. In rare instances a solid tumor can be seen. If present and if seen to enlarge excision necessary for DX and treatment. ...Read more

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I get like these shocks in my left side of my head /brain is that bad I had a tumor when I was young it went away?

I get like these shocks in my left side of my head /brain is that bad I had a tumor when I was young it went away?

It depends,,,: This likely depends on the type of tumor you had, among other things. If it was benign, like a meningioma, it probably doesn't need anything. If it was another kind, like an ependymoma, it can be benign but might recur and need more treatment. It's also possible this is unrelated to your tumor. It's likely best to see your doctor to discuss this and your tumor history and get an exam. ...Read more

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Is brain tumors in your head?

Is brain tumors in your head?

Brain tumor: Very rare to have brain tumors but yes in the head, rarely a tumor located in the back could extend down to spinal cord, then it would be outside. ...Read more

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If I hear water slogging around in my head, is that a tumor?

If I hear water slogging around in my head, is that a tumor?

No: If you hear water slogging its 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

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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

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What exactly does it mean when a benign tumor starts shedding skin?

What exactly does it mean when a benign tumor starts shedding skin?

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

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How long is it supposed to it take for a skin tumor to metastisize?

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

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What is this hard, rubber-y lump under my skin? Is this a sign of a tumor?

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 cysts 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

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Are tumors and blod clots a common cause of headaches? What can cause sharp brief pains in the head?

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