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Daemon
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papilloma

(noun) A benign epithelial tumor forming a rounded mass.

Synonyms: villoma

Usage: Though your papilloma is not cancerous, it is still prudent to have it examined by a medical professional.
KSPavan
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papilloma
Definition: (noun) A benign epithelial tumor forming a rounded mass.
Synonyms: villoma
Usage: Though your papilloma is not cancerous, it is still prudent to have it examined by a medical professional.
Wilmar (USA)
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Though your papilloma is not cancerous, it is still prudent to have it examined by a medical professional. That's how they keep the money rolling in...
RuthP
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Wilmar (USA) wrote:
Though your papilloma is not cancerous, it is still prudent to have it examined by a medical professional. That's how they keep the money rolling in...

Think Think Truthfully, the reason for that is that an early squamous cell skin carcinoma looks a lot like a papilloma. Most of the time, one could wait until the bump had enlarged to the point it was clearly not just a papilloma. Squamous cell skin carcinoma tends to grow slowly and tends to not metastasize. But not always.

Squamous cell skin cancer (<< shorter word) tends to invade surrounding tissues by growing into them. It can also metastasize, in which case mets most commonly show up in lungs and/or liver. As a skin cancer, it is eminently curable. Resection (surgical removal) and/or topical (!), not systemic--which is a good thing, chemotherapy agents are used. Once it's in other tissues, however, the odds go down sharply, with about 50% of patients dying within five years, even with aggressive (systemic in this case) chemo and radiation.

Invasive growth, which may occur without the patient at first realizing it, presents risks. First, once past the skin, it's more apt to metastasize, with all the above bad news. Second, depending upon how the invasion spreads, excision may be horribly disfiguring. And third, excision itself carries a risk of metastases: cutting through a tumor, which can occur in the course of surgery despite best efforts otherwise, can release individual cells, which then go off through the lymphatic system and wind up as remote metastases.
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