Introduction: Benign Tumors


Benign Tumors: A benign tumor is one that does not spread or "metastasize" to other parts of the body; a "malignant tumor" is one that does. A benign tumor is caused by cell overgrowth, and thus is different from a cyst or an abcess,

Although benign is better news than malignant for a cancer biopsy, it does not always mean "harmless", though many are almost harmless. A benign tumor may still grow, and this growth may cause damage to any organs, tissues, or nerves in its vicinity. Hence, a benign tumor can still cause serious illness and death if it presses on important areas. Benign tumors cause more than 13,000 annual deaths in the USA, compared to more than 500,000 annual deaths from cancer (i.e. from malignant tumors).

Causes of Benign Tumors: Research more detailed information about the causes of Benign Tumors, other possibly hidden causes of Benign Tumors, or other general information about Benign Tumors.

Statistics and Benign Tumors: Various sources and calculations are available in statistics about Benign Tumors, and you can also research other medical statistics in our statistics center.

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