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Hibernoma

What is a hibernoma? A hibernoma is a non-cancerous tumour made up of brown fat. Brown fat is a type of fat that is normally found in newborns and young children but it disappears over time and most adults have very little brown fat. Is hibernoma a type of cancer? No. A hibernoma is a …
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Fat

What is fat? Fat is a specialized type of tissue that is found throughout the body. It is made up of large cells called adipocytes that look clear when viewed through a microscope. Fat acts as a storage site for energy and provides warmth for our internal organs. The medical term for fat is adipose …
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Atypical lipomatous tumour (ALT)

What is an atypical lipomatous tumour? An atypical lipomatous tumour (ALT) is a type of cancer made up of fat. ALTs can start anywhere in the body but the most common location for this tumour is the abdomen. Another name for an ALT is well differentiated liposarcoma. Is an atypical lipomatous tumour a type of …
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Well differentiated liposarcoma

What is a well-differentiated liposarcoma? Well-differentiated liposarcoma is a type of cancer made up of adipose tissue (fat). It is a slow-growing tumour that can start almost anywhere in the body. Another name for this tumour is an atypical lipomatous tumour. What is the difference between a well-differentiated liposarcoma and an atypical lipomatous tumour? Well-differentiated liposarcoma …
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Intramuscular lipoma

What is an intramuscular lipoma? Intramuscular lipomas are non-cancerous tumours made up of fat. These tumours develop deep inside a muscle and they may feel like a lump. Often, intramuscular lipomas are not well separated from the surrounding normal muscle which can make it challenging for your surgeon to remove the tumour completely. What is …
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Angiolipoma

What is an angiolipoma? An angiolipoma is a non-cancerous tumour made up of fat and small blood vessels. Most angiolipomas occur just under our skin where they feel like a soft lump. What are the symptoms of angiolipoma? The most common symptom associated with angiolipoma is pain. What causes angiolipoma? At present, doctors do not know …
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Spindle cell lipoma

What is spindle cell lipoma? A spindle cell lipoma is a non-cancerous tumour made up of fat and long, thin spindle cells. This tumour commonly starts around the upper back and neck but can be found almost anywhere in the body. Most grow just under our skin where they feel like a soft lump. Another …
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Lipoma

What is a lipoma? A lipoma is a non-cancerous tumour made up of fat cells. Most lipomas occur in the skin but this tumour can be found almost anywhere in the body. Can a lipoma turn into cancer over time? A lipoma cannot turn into cancer over time. However, tumours that are incompletely removed can …
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Adipose tissue

Adipose tissue, commonly known as fat, exists throughout our bodies. We find it in large quantities under the skin, where it’s known as subcutaneous adipose tissue, and in the abdomen, where it covers and protects our internal organs. Under microscopic examination, this type of tissue is made up of large round cells. The cells typically …
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