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Malignant neoplasm of any epithelial tissue is called a carcinoma. It is the most common form of malignant neoplasm. Sometimes the word is loosely used to describe all malignancies, and derivative words such as carcinogen describe agents that can cause any form of malignant neoplasm. The characteristics of carcinoma include local tissue destruction, invasiveness, and distant metastases.

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