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How can desmoid tumors develop?

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Desmoid tumors are usually considered benign (non-cancerous) because they rarely spread to different parts of your body, but tumors that grow fast can be like cancer in some ways. They can grow into nearby tissues and can be fatal.

These tumors can grow almost anywhere in your body and at any age, but they happen most often in women in their 30s. Only 2 to 4 people per million get one each year.

From: Desmoid Tumors: What You Need to Know WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Organization for Rare Disorders: "Desmoid Tumor."

The Desmoid Tumor Research Foundation: "Diagnosis and Treatment."

National Institutes of Health/Genetics Home Reference: "Desmoid Tumor."

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute: "Desmoid Tumor."

American Cancer Society: "What Is a Soft Tissue Sarcoma?"

 

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on October 19, 2016

SOURCES:

National Organization for Rare Disorders: "Desmoid Tumor."

The Desmoid Tumor Research Foundation: "Diagnosis and Treatment."

National Institutes of Health/Genetics Home Reference: "Desmoid Tumor."

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute: "Desmoid Tumor."

American Cancer Society: "What Is a Soft Tissue Sarcoma?"

 

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on October 19, 2016

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