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What do you need to know about desmoid tumors?

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If you find a lump on your arms, legs, head, or neck, there's a small chance you could have a desmoid tumor.

Unlike a fatty tumor that grows under your skin (called a lipoma), this kind of tumor develops in the fibrous tissue that makes up your tendons and ligaments. "Desmoid" comes from the Greek word "desmos," which means tendon or band-like.

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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