A 46-year-old woman had a breast-sized tumour removed from her back which had been growing for more than a 10 years.
Dr Tunde Abdulsalam, a Nigerian who » practices in Dublin, told MailOnline this was one of the biggest lipomas he had ever seen. A Lipomas is a benign tumour made up of fat cells.
Dr Abdulsalam said: ‘It is unusual to let it grow that big. Most patients would have it removed sooner for cosmetic reasons.’
The 46-year-old arrived at a clinic in Dublin with a huge growth on the right-hand side of her back which most people have mistaken for a ‘breast’.
The Doctors were shocked to discover the ‘breast like’ tumour was firm to the touch, rather than tender.
The woman said it had been growing for 10 years, but had starting growing rapidly in the last three.
Upon measuring the tumour, doctors found it was 19cm in length and 6.7cm wide.
Suspecting it may be a soft tissue cancer known as a sarcoma, doctors immediately carried out an MRI scan.
Dr Abdulsalam said from his clinical experience most lipomas are small in size. And most patients frequently leave it alone because it is relatively stable for years and does not affect bodily function.
‘But in some cases, it can increase in size as a person’s BMI increases.’
The increase in size can also indicate the tumour is cancerous, hence why the doctors carried out an MRI and a biopsy immediately to rule this out, he added.
The woman is now on the waiting list to have the growth removed with surgery » , where it will be weighed.
Lipomas can occur on any part of the body but frequently occur on the torso and the arms.