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What Are Carcinomas?

Types Of Carcinomas

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Carcinomas can be further subcategorized into groups based on the location where they originate since epithelial cells are not specific to any one part of the body. Two types of carcinoma can develop in an individual's skin. Squamous cell carcinoma begins in the flat, thin cells referred to as squamous cells and can occur in the skin, respiratory tract, and digestive tract. Basal cell carcinoma is a type of carcinoma that affects the deepest layer of skin, which is made up of basal cells. Renal cell carcinoma is a carcinoma that affects an individual's kidney tissues and originates in the kidney tubules. Invasive ductal carcinoma is a type of carcinoma that develops and grows in the cells that line an individual's milk duct in the breast. An adrenocortical carcinoma affects an individual's adrenal glands, and a thyroid carcinoma affects their thyroid tissues. An adenocarcinoma is a carcinoma that forms in the adenomatous cells or the glandular cells that produce fluids. Transitional cell carcinomas form in tissues that can stretch, such as those that make up the bladder.

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