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Question: What colour is cancer?
Asked by issiphee1 to Gioia, Iain, Jo, Leo, Mariam on 21 Jun 2010 in Categories: Your Research. This question was also asked by bob3.
answered on 17 Jun 2010:
That depends a lot on what kind of cell (i.e. exactly where in the body) the cancer started from.
answered on 21 Jun 2010:
If you remove a tumour, it looks a bit like a lump of meat. So the answer is that cancer is a pinky-red colour.
issiphee1 commented on 17 Jun 2010:
ok, so what colour would skin cancer be?
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Jo commented on 17 Jun 2010:
Ahhh – that’s a good question. Skin cancer can be lots of different colours. Sometimes it might be really dark – like the colour of moles or even darker, and sometimes it can be very pale or like the colour inside a cut. And sometimes it will be exactly the same colour the normal skin is.
Mariam commented on 21 Jun 2010:
Good point Jo, not all tumours look the same. In fact, isiphee1, there are even some non-cancerous tumours that look like teeth or hair or bones – basically the tumour-forming cells have got confused and turned into something completely innapropriate!