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What is a benign cancer example?

What is a benign cancer example?

Benign tumor: Benign cancer is an oxymoron, you probably mean a benign tumor, cancers are by definition malignant. Examples of common benign tumors are, lipoma, uterine fibroid/leiomyoma, colonic polyp, and most nevi/moles. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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What are the symptoms of benign cancer?

What are the symptoms of benign cancer?

Depends: If by "benign cancer" you mean benign tumor, the symptoms depend on the location and size of the tumor. There may be lumps under the skin, mass in breast, mass in abdomen, if in the pituitary, visual symptoms etc. Mostly benign tumors are generally silent. ...Read more

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Does smoking make a benign cancer?

Does smoking make a benign cancer?

Unclear question: Smoking is leading preventable cause of cancer in humans. The term benign cancer is an oxymoron, all cancers, by definition are malignant. ...Read more

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What is the difference between maligant vs benign cancer?

What is the difference between maligant vs benign cancer?

Cancer: Lipoma is a bening tumor (no effect on mortality. You cannot die from it). Colon-testicular cancers are malignant cancers (you may survive and get cured, or you could die from it). ...Read more

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What is the difference between maligant and a benign cancer?

What is the difference between maligant and a  benign cancer?

Overall course.: There are many differences between benign and malignant tumors. A benign tumor is often well differentiated, looks almost normal, and does not spread. A malignant lesion is usually poorly differentiated, ominous looking, and spreads to other sites by blood, lymphatics, and directly. It has a very bad course, and results many times in death unless aggressive treatment is done. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for benign cancer?

What is the treatment for benign cancer?

Usually excision..: There are usually treated simply by surgical excision. For example, benign polyps found on colonoscopy are simply resected off/snipped off. Simple warts are frozen with cryotherapy, like liquid nitrogen and taken off. ...Read more

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Does smoking turn a benign cancer malignant?

Does smoking turn a benign cancer malignant?

It probably can.: There are many times when smoking, often in combination with alcohol, can cause tumors, and make tumors more malignant, like esophageal cancer and lung cancer. Passive, or second-hand smoking, can increase risk of cancers, like lung, breast, and renal. Smoking has been shown to be a promoter of many cancers like lung, anal, and pancreatic. It interferes with apoptosis or death of cancer cells. ...Read more

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Does smoking make a benign cancer turn malignant?

Smoking causes cance: Smoking is the single largest avoidabble cause of cancer. There is no such thing as benign cancer. Most cancer arise denovo. A few like colon cancer and melanoma may arise from existing benign lesions and are not usually due to tobacco. ...Read more

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If a person has a history of benign cancer, are they more likely to develop malignant tumor?

Nomenclature: Confusing! "benign cancer" is a contradiction in terms, but there are benign tumors (can grow huge but can't invade or spread), and there are cancers (like basal cell of the skin or many bladder cancers) that are slow and pose little short-term danger. There are genetic disease with multiple benign & malignant tumors; otherwise, tumors occur depending on risk factors and dumb luck. ...Read more