What Is the Difference Between Angiosarcoma and Hemangiosarcoma?

What is angiosarcoma?

Angiosarcoma is a rare type of cancer that forms in the lining of the blood vessels and lymph vessels.

It may occur in the skin on your head and neck, or in your breast, liver, spleen and deep tissue.

Angiosarcoma of the skin, or cutaneous angiosarcoma, makes up the majority of angiosarcoma cases.

Angiosarcoma that appears underneath the surface of the skin is called subcutaneous angiosarcoma. Approximately 25% of angiosarcomas are found in deep tissue, and around 8% are found in breast tissue.

It can occur in men and women of all races, but rarely in children.

What is hemangiosarcoma?

According to Wikipedia, hemangiosarcoma is a rapidly growing, highly invasive variety of cancer that occurs almost exclusively in dogs, and only rarely in cats, horses, mice, or humans.

It is relatively common to find hemangiosarcoma in dogs, especially in larger breeds such as golden retrievers and Labrador retrievers.

It is uncommon to find hemangiosarcoma and lymphangiosarcoma of the skin in humans.

Howerver, angiosarcoma of the liver, a rare fatal tumor, has been seen in workers intensively exposed to the gas vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) for prolonged periods while working in polyvinyl chloride (PVC) polymerization plants. It has also been associated with individuals exposed to arsenic-containing insecticides and Thorotrast, according to Wikipedia.

Keywords: angiosarcoma; angiosarcoma cancer; hemangiosarcoma; hemangiosarcoma dogs; cardiac angiosarcoma

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