- Skin cancer in cats and dogs
Many types of skin
tumors, both benign(noncancerous) and malignant(cancerous), exist. Approximately 20-40% of primary skin tumors are malignantin dogs and 50-65% are malignantin cats.
igns and symptoms
Skin tumors are usually discovered by the pet owners as abnormal growths on the skin while examining or grooming the pets. Most
benigntumors are slow growing and painless, with well defined boundaries and freely movable. In contrast, malignant tumorstend to be rapidly growing and often ulcerated with ill-defined boundaries.
Typically, either cytologic or histopathologic analysis of the suspected mass is done prior to initiating treatment. The commonly used diagnostic procedures for skin tumors are fine-needle aspiration
cytologyand tissue biopsy. cite book|author=Withrow SJ, MacEwen EG, eds |title=Small Animal Clinical Oncology|edition=3rd ed.|publisher=W.B. Saunders Company |year=2001]
The specific treatment will depend on the tumor's type, location, size, and whether the cancer has spread to other organs. Surgical removal of the tumor remains the standard treatment of choice but additional forms of therapy exist such as
radiation therapy, chemotherapy, or immunotherapy.
* [http://www.petcancercenter.org/Cancer_Types_skin.html" Skin Cancer in Cats and Dogs" from Pet Cancer Center]
* [http://www.caninecancer.com/skincancer.html "Skin Cancer in Dogs" from CanineCancer.com']
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