November is National Pet Cancer Awareness Month

According to the Veterinary Pet Insurance Company, here’s a list of the ten most common cancers.  This list is based on claims submitted to the company between 2003 and 2009.

  • Lymphosarcoma
  • Mast Cell Tumor
  • Bone Cancer
  • Cancer of the Eyelid
  • Cancer of the Spleen
  • Liver Cancer
  • Fibrosarcoma (which stem from connective tissues)
  • Cancer of the Thorax
  • Oral Cancer
  • Hemangiopericytoma (a tumor generally arising on a limb)

There is some good news on pet cancer front,  a Canine Melanoma Vaccine has been licensed by the FDA.  Survival  rates for Bone Cancer have increased.  A study at the Rogosin Institute at the New York Weill Cornell Medical Center using enhanced biological feedback control to control the growth  of tumors has been successful enough that they are beginning human trials.


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