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SKIN TUMORS, WARTS AND SARCOIDS

This group of tumors has long caused confusion amongst
laymen and vets.
This is an interesting article:

When is a wart a wart and when is it a sarcoid.

WARTS
Warts should be defined as the infectious disease cutaneous papillomatosis, which occurs in young horses.

The warts (papillomata) appear on the nose and, less commonly, on other parts of the body, as small, hard, raised lumps, varying in number from a few to many hundred.

The disease is caused by a virus which is specific to the horse.

The precise method of infection is unknown, but it seems likely that the virus gains entry through insignificant skin abrasions. The young horse's habit of nuzzling various objects could result in small skin wounds which, in turn, could lead to infection and would then explain the high incidence of warts on the muzzle.

The disease is self-limiting, and the warts, if left undisturbed, disappear 3 to 4 months after their first appearance.

SARCOIDS
Sarcoid's are not as easy to explain, either their cause or their make up. It is considered by some researchers that they are an exuberant growth of normal skin tissue, other researchers believe that sarcoids are
neoplastic. [ An abnormal new growth of tissue in animals; a tumor.]

The present view is that sarcoids are, in fact, locally invasive, non-spreading tumors of the skin. At first they look like a wart, but as they grow the skin covering the sarcoid becomes thin and breaks, allowing an ulcer to develop Sarcoids can occur anywhere on the body, either singly or at multiple sites and seldom undergo spontaneous remission.

They are notoriously difficult to treat as they have a tendency to recur when removed by surgery. They should be treated with caution and it is unwise to consider purchasing a horse that has sarcoids.

The causal agent is again considered to be a virus but the interrelationship of virus and tumor is still not understood.

Note:
The above sentence tells us that this is viral based. Since Transfer Factors are successful with [cancers: especially those thought to have a viral epidemiology] and [viruses: papova viruses -Any of a group of DNA-containing viruses that are associated with or cause papillomas or polyomas in animals.] this tells me the TF Animal Stress Packs and TF Performance and Show will address both no matter which one is the culprit.

But the tricky part is how much and for how long. The more chronic the problem the longer it will take to see results but from many reports we have coming in it weeks all all three problems some drop off quickly and some take some time. But you must give the body the chance to use the TF to fight the problem.

Link to patent information

It is possible that sarcoids develop as a result of earlier nonproductive infection with the virus that causes juvenile warts or due to infection with the virus that causes warts in cattle.

We know that after the inoculation of young horses with an extract of bovine papilloma virus, a sarcoid-like growth appears at that site.

Treatment of sarcoids is difficult. Where the site allows, surgical removal is the easiest method, but up to 50 per cent of sarcoids recur after surgical excision. Cryosurgery is a better technique. The method generally used is to freeze the tumor with a liquid nitrogen spray or probe. The frozen tumor sloughs away and healing takes place over a period of three to eight weeks.

Radiation techniques have been developed at several specialized centers. Radioactive iridium pins or gold dust are implanted into the tumor mass and over the next 6 to 12 months the tumor gradually disappears. This method of treatment is especially valuable where surgery, either normal or cryo, cannot be performed because of the position of the tumor. Tumors around the eye are an example.

Another method that has been developed to treat this type of sarcoid is the use of the human BCG vaccine. Normally used to vaccinate children against tuberculosis, it also has the property of stimulating local cell immunity.

Note: These 4 words above "stimulating local cell immunity" this vaccine is successful because it does the very thing our patented Transfer Factor Equine Products do! except TF does it naturally.

When it is injected into the base of a sarcoid the local reaction kills the tumor cells and the tumor starts to regress. Several treatments are needed before regression is complete and occasionally a severe reaction at the site of injection complicates the procedure.

MELANOMA
This unpleasant tumor is found in the gray horse. It is a tumor of the melanin producing cells and can develop anywhere on the body, although the area under the tail and on the perineal area (between the anus and genital organs in the male, anus and udder in the female) and perianal regions are common sites. Melanomas are frequently multiple and are first seen as small, firm, black lumps in the substance of the skin.

They develop in three different ways. The most common pattern is a constant, slow growth over many years. The tumors remain local and do not metastasize (spread to other sites) but as they get larger the skin covering them becomes damaged and ulcers develop on the surface.

The least common type is the tumor that is malignant from the start. This type quickly invades local tissue and spreads to nearby lymph nodes and from there to the lungs, liver and other organs.

The third type of melanoma is that which has been quietly growing for many years and then suddenly becomes malignant and rapidly spreads through the body. Surgery is the only method of treatment and this should not be undertaken lightly. The only type of tumor that is worth removing by surgery is the single tumor that shows no sign of malignancy and even these tend to have seeded before removal.

SQUAMOUS CELL CARCINOMA
These tumors are malignant and appear on the surface of mucous membranes. They comprise the second largest group of tumors affecting horses and involve the eye and associated structures, the penis and sheath in males, and the vulva in females. The tumor spends a long time invading the local tissues before it spreads to other parts of the body. This allows effective surgical removal to be carried out. "

Note:
Since Transfer Factors are successful with [cancers: especially those thought to have a viral epidemiology] and [viruses: papova viruses -Any of a group of DNA-containing viruses that are associated with or cause papillomas or polyomas in animals.] this tells me the TF Animal Stress Packs and TF Performance and Show will address both no matter which one is the culprit.

But the tricky part is how much and for how long. The more chronic the problem the longer it will take to see results but from many reports we have coming in it weeks all all three problems some drop off quickly and some take some time. But you must give the body the chance to use the TF to fight the problem.

Link to patent information


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