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post #1 of 6 Old 09-09-2011, 04:10 PM Thread Starter
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Light Skin + Sun = Tumors

Scarlet is 19 years old and gets cancerous tumors around exposed skin areas (area above eye once-years ago, and currently, her vulva) during the summer. This is nothing new and I acquired her with this condition. In the winter they are non-existent but summer time brings more sun, more turn out time and longer days so this summer she developed a small culliflower type tumor on her vulva. The vet is coming Wednesday to remove it, but said if I knew the type of tumor (cancer) then a biopsy wouldn't be needed.

I had this information, SOMEWHERE, but lost it in a move. Anyone else have a pink skinned horse that has this sun issue (skin cancer)?
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post #2 of 6 Old 09-09-2011, 06:01 PM
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First off,LOVE THE AVATAR,lol.

My horse has pink skin and I have to be very careful with her because she is at risk for cancer than some of the other horses. I'm not sure what you are asking but what I do to try and prevent it is I use a UV protection fly sheet,a fly mask and I also use desitin on her where she burns. You apply it every two days. Works really well!
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post #3 of 6 Old 09-09-2011, 07:55 PM
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Usually the type of cancer occuring in pink skin is squamous cell carcinoma but you can't know for sure unless you biopsy it. There is no way to look at a tumour and diagnose what kind of cancer it is.
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Yeah, thanks...Idk what exactly I was expecting to get as a reply lol.

She's turned out at night and wears a flymask 24/7. But I can't flymask her lady parts lol and in the florida heat, a turnout blanket for the sun is torture.
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Originally Posted by Gidget View Post
First off,LOVE THE AVATAR,lol.

lol yeaaah! Me too :P
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I know they have the fly masks with the nose shield, but as for covering her 'lady parts', I guess her tail isn't doing the job? Maybe you want to create a "1/2 sheet" fly sheet that she can wear sort of like a rump skirt? My husband is wickedly inventive with that sort of stuff and he likes to use the sewing machine, but maybe you could find an alterations person, tell them what you want to design with the fly sheet, and see if they will make it? That way she will be covered but not nearly as hot as if she had the whole sheet.
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