What is Atypical Fibroxanthoma?
Atypical Fibroxanthoma is a type of skin tumour that usually develops on the head and neck or scalp in older people due to significant exposure to the sun or radiation therapy. It can be cancerous.
Older age, exposure to ultraviolet rays from the sun, and exposure to certain radiation are some of the possible causes of atypical fibroxanthoma. Disease epidemiology It usually develops in older adults between the ages of 13 and 95, with the average age at onset being 69. It is equally common in men and women.
Signs and Symptoms
The patient may suffer from the following signs and symptoms. These are
- Tumour or lesion (abnormal mass) on the skin of the head, neck, or scalp is usually red and dome-shaped
- Bleeding from the lesion
- Nodules or tumours usually developed on sun-exposed areas of the head, neck, and scalp
- Some nodules may be of dark colours
- Nodules size usually does not exceed 3cm
- It may occur as a single nodule (tumour) or multiple tumours
The following diagnostic tests and procedures can be used to make a diagnosis. These are
- Tumour biopsy
- Electron microscopy
Surgical excision (cutting or removal of the tumour through surgery) of the tumour is the main treatment option. Small tumours can be removed by curettage. Curettage is a procedure of scraping or cleaning by an instrument called a curette.
What Support can we Give for Atypical Fibroxanthoma?
Atypical Fibroxanthoma is rare cancer, meaning it is not as well known as other forms of cancer. Without a Ribbon is an Australian organisation that provides support for individuals who suffer from rare cancers. So, we provide a designated platform for Warriors to obtain information specific to their Rare Cancer. We also provide annual opportunities for our Warriors to meet and learn from each other. If you suffer from rare cancer such as Atypical Fibroxanthoma, we can help and support you through your journey thanks to the generous donations we receive. Click the link below to sign up and become a Warrior today!
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