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A 37-year-old male asked:

if diagnosed with a malignancy, does this mean you have in turn a neoplasm, so if you are diagnosed with either they are actually the same thing?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Yes: Malignancy and cancer are synonyms. These things are in turn a subcategory of neoplasms. Non-malignant neoplasms are benign.

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A 20-year-old male asked:

Can a cancerous lump stay the same size for say 4 years? I've read about encapsulation but don't know if that stops the growth of a tumor

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Dr. Robert Uyeda
General Surgery 45 years experience
Depends on: a lot of things, but if the lump/mass is truly malignant/cancerous, it is rare that it does not grow at all for 4 years. Encapsulation is not really relevant to growth of a malignant tumor, although it might have something to do with its metastatic potential.
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A 25-year-old male asked:

Are tumor and cancer the same thing?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
No: Tumor is a non-specific term for a swelling. Tumor may be benign or malignant. A malignant tumor is cancer. Examples of benign tumors are fibroids, lipomas, and moles. Malignant tumors, cancers, are like breast or lung cancer. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex.

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Last updated Aug 12, 2015

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