WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) said a 50-year-old man in the UK was operated on after a 5-inch cancerous “dragon horn” sprouted out of his back.
- The horn, which resembled a gnarled talon and pumpkin stem, was diagnosed with cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma — the second-most prevalent strain of non-melanoma skin cancer, according to study authors.
- The growth had expanded over three years, but doctors were surprised that there was no abnormal growth in his lymph nodes.
A man in the United Kingdom shocked doctors after a 5-inch cancerous “dragon horn” sprouted out of his back. The new study published in the British Medical Journal reported that the man had no history of skin cancer.
The horn, which resembled a gnarled talon and pumpkin stem, was diagnosed with cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma — the second-most prevalent strain of non-melanoma skin cancer, according to study authors.
The 50-year-old patient had “no previous or family history of skin malignancy and was not immunosuppressed,” according to the report. The unidentified man had no lymphatic abnormalities typically associated with such an abnormality.
Most cutaneous cases are surgically nipped in the bud, but this man had waited for three years before seeking medical help — in effect making a mountain out of a malignant molehill.
The growth was removed by surgeons at the Countess of Chester Hospital, the BBC reports. The deficit tissue was then replaced with a skin graft from his thigh.
BMJ study authors said the man’s shocking condition only occurred because it was “neglected by a patient living in a developed country with access to free healthcare.”
“This highlights that despite current public skin cancer awareness and rigorous healthcare measures, cases like this can still arise and slip through the net,” wrote the quartet of Counter of Chester Hospital surgeons behind the case study.
The New York Post reported that this isn’t the first time an easily treatable condition has snowballed out of control in 2019. This past Thanksgiving, an Indian man underwent surgery for a cystic kidney that had swelled to the size of a Butterball turkey. In October, a Panamanian patient made headlines for his sports-bag-sized scrotum — the result of gangrene run amok.
Source: New York Post