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THE “C” WORD
I remember watching a movie from the 1980’s “St. Elmo’s Fire” and in that movie filled with
brat-packers there was a character who was the mother of one of the recent college grads who every time she had something horrible or horrific to say she would whisper the key word. One of those words was the “c” word. Cancer. For some reason that image has stuck with me
all these many years. Well while the “c” word is horrible and horrific for both humans and pets it is by no means the end.
Let’s first clean up some terminology often used interchangeably with cancer. The term neoplasia is any uncontrolled abnormal growth of tissues or cells in the body. The proper term for this growth is called a neoplasm which is often called a tumor. These neoplasms can be non-malignant (benign), or malignant (cancerous). These non-malignant neoplasms do not grow aggressively. They do not attack surrounding body tissue, and do not spread throughout the body via the blood or lymphatic system. The term tumor is usually used to describe the area of swelling or mass associated with the neoplasm.
Neoplasia is a very common among our pets especially as they age. Malignant neoplasia is responsible for nearly half of all deaths of pets over the age of ten. Dogs get cancer at the same rate as the human population while cats develop cancer at a slightly lower rate than humans.
Here are some various types of Neoplasia.
Article 2: Cancer
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