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Professor Derek Knottenbelt: Part 1, Types of sarcoid

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Know your enemy

Equine sarcoids can take many forms. Some look like warts - others look like ring worm. The seemingly inoccuous manifestations of this type of cancer cause horse owners to ignore it or interfere with it using anything from onions to toothpaste, explains Professor Derek Knottenbelt from the University of Liverpool. However, the only way to beat a true sarcoid is to treat it like a cancer - that means surgery, chemotherapy and in some cases even radiation therapy. More than anything, early detection is key. In this interview, Professor Knottenbelt introduces you to what he calls an epidemic of infectious cancer. Learn to spot equine sarcoids at the stage where they are most commonly taken for other, less serious skin disorders. And perhaps save your horse's life.

All photos in this interview are used with kind permission, courtesy of Professor Derek Knottenbelt.

Slideshow

  • Fibroblastic equine sarcoid explained by Professor Derek Knottenbelt.

  • Professor Derek Knottenbelt performs a biopsy on a horse with equine sarcoids

  • Mixed type sarcoid. Photo courtesy of Professor Derek Knottenbelt

  • Verrucose equine sarcoid. Photo courtesy of Professor Derek Knottenbelt.

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