Monday, April 18, 2011

Skin Cancer Awareness Month

Animal Medical Center
Mt Pleasant, SC

Skin Cancer Awareness Month

Cancer is one of the primary killers of dogs and cats- when caught early we

can often improve the outcome or cure the problem.

April 11, 2011 to May 7, 2011

Take this opportunity to have your pet evaluated for skin cancer . Allow your veterinarian to examine your pet's lumps and bumps. Any diagnostic aspirates are an additional charge. Many small skin masses can be removed at the time of the exam without general anesthesia and at low cost.

Skin cancers range from small flash colored nodules, flat pigmented areas, to large ulcerated masses. Some are benign, some are highly malignant. Many benign skin masses can be removed with local anesthesia and laser ablation while others need excision and biopsy to evaluate for malignancy.

As your dogs and cats age, many develop small unsightly cauliflower or wart-like growths on their body called sebaceous adenomas. These are benign growths, yet dogs tend to chew them or they may be clipped off while grooming. Most are smaller than a pencil eraser.

Examples of masses that can easily be removed. Does your pet have similar masses?

There is no time like the present to see if your dog or cat has an unusual growth that needs to be checked out.

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