A fatty tumor, also known as a lipoma, is a noncancerous tumor made up of fat cells that grows just under the skin. Lipomas can take up to several years to grow noticeable, according to DermNet. They can reach up to 10 centimeters and appear wherever fat tissue is present.
Fatty tumors are often caused by genetics, but can develop due to minor injuries, according to Wake Forest Baptist Health. Fatty tumors are typically harmless but should be checked by a doctor to confirm that they are not something more serious.
As of 2015, doctors do not know the cause of fatty tumors, or lipomas, in humans, according to Healthline. Fatty tumors tend to run in families, so there is likely a genetic component.
Some of the causes of tumors in a dog include old age, poor oral care and breed of the dog, explains WebMD. Dogs that have not been spayed also have a higher instance of mammary gland tumors.
Dog tumors can be treated, and the type of treatment largely depends on the type of tumor. There are three common types of tumors that affect dogs: fatty skin tumors also known as lipomas, benign (noncancerous) tumors and malignant tumors.
A fatty tumor on the kidney, called angiomyolipoma, is a benign mass composed of fat, blood vessels and smooth muscle. A benign tumor is noncancerous and cannot metastasize or spread to other parts of the body but it can grow and destroy other tissue, according to the Canadian Cancer Society.
Benign tumors are the result of abnormal cell growth that can be caused by factors such as radiation exposure, genetic mutations, infections, stress and trauma, explains WebMD. Cancerous tumors are caused by a traveling cancer cell in the body that damages tissues and begins dividing, notes Medical
As of 2015, images of various types of tumors in dogs are available on the veterinary medicine section of About.com. The Long Beach Animal Hospital website devotes a page to images and information on mast cell tumors in dogs.
The American Urological Association provides pictures of a wide variety of bladder tumors as part of its educational program in pathology for urologists on its website. A visual overview of bladder cancer that includes illustrations of diagnosis and treatment techniques as well as the five different
Doctors do not use pictures of skin cancer tumors to help treat them, unless they are seeking some additional confirmation of recognition. Pictures of skin cancer tumors can help a person realize that they should seek treatment. There are three main types of skin cancers, two of which usually presen