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3 Common Equine Skin Cancers

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Be on the lookout for the three most common skin cancers afflicting horses and contact your veterinarian promptly if you find suspicious lumps or bumps.

Canadian Horse Journal | Kathy Smith

Skin cancer is the most prevalent type of equine cancer, accounting for up to 80 percent of all cancers reported.

Sarcoids are the most frequently diagnosed type, with squamous-cell carcinoma the next most prevalent, followed by melanoma.

Learning about these cancers and what to watch for will allow you to closely monitor your horse and seek veterinary advice promptly if you notice something that looks abnormal. While skin cancer poses a health risk for our beloved horses, many cancers are treatable, and early diagnosis will improve the horse’s quality of life and chance of survival… [read more]