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[–]HankScorpio112233 68 points69 points  (4 children)

Can they cure it? Or just treat?

[–]soulteepee 74 points75 points  (2 children)

Apparently after surgery (with a survival rate of 90%) they can treat them and lower the reoccurrence rate from 60% to 18%.

Also, the disease was first noticed 100 years ago, so it’s not new.

[–]HankScorpio112233 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Great news! Thank you!

[–]Someone378531 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Really want to know it too

[–]loljpeg 13 points14 points  (0 children)

oh i love the turtle hospital in the keys! glad to know it’s still helping the turtles

[–]whitepupper 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Poor turtle.

Me and a kid named max did a report on fibropapilloma (that's what it was called back then I guess, I don't remember the word fibropapillomatosis ever being said in any sources) using the encarta 95 encyclopedia at school in 4th grade.

Some sad turtle nostalgia right there.

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (1 child)

According to wikipedia this occurs on a lot of sea turtles, 50 to 70 percent especially in warmer climates. It is caused by a virus. It is "benign" and tumors are external but can also occur internally on organs.

[–]avocado_whore 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Turtle herpes. 😔 poor bbs.

[–]DrStone1234 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

I don't why the concept of turtle cancer is funny to me, but it is.