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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

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

Unclear question: Some benign tumors predispose to malignant tumors, e.g. Colon polyps, and moles. Most benign tumors do not become malignant. There is no such entity as benign cancer. ...Read more

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Found a lump on my breast but I am breastfeeding, what's the possibilities of a benign cancer?

Found a lump on my breast but I am breastfeeding, what's the possibilities of a benign cancer?

Usually benign lump: Women who are breastfeeding may find lumps in their breast and this can be scary. When in doubt always have it checked by your doctor. The vast majority of cases are due to plugged ducts that could lead to an infection like mastitis or even an abscess. Proper nutrition, hygiene, hydration and rest helps prevent plugging of milk ducts. http://www.pregnancy-info.net/breast-lumps-while-breastfeeding. ...Read more

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What is the best solution for the eradication of asthma? What can eradicate a benign cancer that exists in the spine? without chemo?

What is the best solution for the eradication of asthma? 
What can eradicate a benign cancer that exists in the spine? without chemo?

This is far more: than can be answered in 400 characters or less. Please ask specific questions that only cover one topic. Take care. ...Read more

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Breast lump benign/cancer? What should I do?

Breast lump benign/cancer? What should I do?

Breast Lump: You should be evaluated by a surgeon. If there is any concern an excisional biopsy should be done. ...Read more

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What is the difference between malignant and benign cancers?

What is the difference between malignant and benign cancers?

Cancer: There are benign tumors (grow but don't spread) and malignant tumors (grow and spread to other parts). These last ones are cancers. There is no such thing as a benign cancer even though some behave less aggressively than others. ...Read more

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From what age should women have mammogram every 2 yrs instead of 1 yr?A 52 yrs old woman with benign(non cancer)findings sh. have mam. every 1or2 yrs?

From what age should women have mammogram every 2 yrs instead of 1 yr?A 52 yrs old woman with benign(non cancer)findings sh. have mam. every 1or2 yrs?

Mammography: This is a matter of controversy at this time. At age 50 mammograms every two years may be reasonable, but yearly mammography can still be done. I would be guided by your physician or gynecologist. ...Read more

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Was diaghnosed with benign skin cancer-something to worry about?

Was diaghnosed with benign skin cancer-something to worry about?

No such thing: Cancer by definition can't be benign but the most common skin cancers (basal cell and squamous cell) have a very indolent behavior and are easily cured with surgery so that's probably what you have. Alternatively, you may have a benign skin tumor (not cancer). Either way, your chances of cure are excellent. Best to you. ...Read more

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Doc i just want to know if it's fatal or can be cured benign (not cancer) my letter from guam radiology stating that i need to call them for more eval?

Doc i just want to know if it's fatal or can be cured benign (not cancer) my letter from guam radiology stating that i need to call them for more eval?

Can't tell: Your situation requires evaluation by doctors who can examine you, your radiographs, and your medical tests. Trying to get a second opinion over the internet regarding this type of health problem is not possible. I suggest you follow the directions and go for further testing. All the best... ...Read more

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How does an ultrasound show the difference between a benign cyst and cancer?

How does an ultrasound show the difference between a benign cyst and cancer?

Characteristic: Simple cysts are fluid-filled and have well-defined appearance on ultrasound. Complex cysts could potentially be cancerous and require further evaluation. ...Read more

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Had a benign mammogram and cancer blood test was negative, what does this mean?

Had a benign mammogram and cancer blood test was negative, what does this mean?

Not exactly sure: what the question is asking. It means there are no signs of cancer. Mammography is about 80% sensitive at detecting breast cancers. I'm not sure of what blood test you mean. ...Read more

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Swollen l suprclav node for 3mo. Ultrasound shows it to be1.5cm. Dr says its benign. No breast cancer. What now?!

Swollen l suprclav node for 3mo. Ultrasound shows it to be1.5cm. Dr says its benign. No breast cancer. What now?!

1.5 cm and benign?: Normally, any lymph node greater than 1 cm in the neck is considered suspicious. If it has not grown in three months, that is somewhat reassuring. If it shows any more growth, i would certainly biopsy it. If you biopsied it now, there is probably over a 90% chance that your doctor is right. Weight loss, night sweats, unexplained fevers, sore throat, difficulty swallowing or hoarseness? ...Read more

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Large non mass asymetric enhancement of palpable area breast pain both nipple reddish with yellow crust image biopsy benign tissue missed cancer?

Large non mass asymetric enhancement of palpable area
 breast pain 
both nipple reddish with yellow crust 
image biopsy benign tissue 
missed cancer?

I do not know: But a recommendation would be to see a breast specialist to assure you get a second opinion and know then that you definitively do not have a more serious issue. ...Read more

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Finally got my CT scan report. It says calcified left hilar lymph nodes and calcified left lower lobe granuloma. History of oral cancer. Benign?

"Granuloma": The airways are a common portal of entry of organisms that can cause an inflammatory reaction we call granulomatous. As these age, they become more scar-like and occasionally will calcify. An infectious site from the lung can sometimes seed lymh nodes in the mediastinum and then calcify as well. While tumors sometimes also calcify the radiologic pattern is usually different. So good news 4u ...Read more

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Help please! could benign calcifications turn into cancer?

In association with: Calcifications could be in association with cancer. Calcifications can not turn into cancer themself. Calcifications- deposition of calcium oxalate, for example. Calcifications are not benign and not malignant. They can be present in association with benign or malignant tissue, for example in breast tissue. Because calcifications are seen on ultrasound, biopsy can be performed. ...Read more

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I have a small round legion under my tongue, ita been there for a little bit and its hard in texture. I cant tell if its cancer or benign ?

I have a small round legion under my tongue, ita been there for a little bit and its hard in texture. I cant tell if its cancer or benign ?

Examination: There a numerous lesions in the mouth that are normal. Hard spots under the tongue could be a stone from the salivary glands. Let's find out what this spot is. Call a dentist for an examination and test to be safe. ...Read more

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How can you distinguish between benign and malignant prostate cancer?

Gleason Scoring: Pathologists use the Gleason score to determine the aggressiveness of the prostate cancer 6 is indolent 7 is intermediate 8-10 aggressive prostate cancer Your physician will also take into account your PSA and stage to determine your prostate cancer risk grouping. ...Read more

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How could biopsy for endometrial cancer be benign and then ten months later show cancwr? First one was wrong maybe?

How could biopsy for endometrial cancer be benign and then ten months later show cancwr? First one was wrong maybe?

You had 2 biopsies?: Cancer can develop very fast in the uterus. I'm not at all surprised that this happened. If you want your biopsies reviewed and signed by a few more pathologists, you're within your rights. Your physician can have it arranged. ...Read more

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How can you distinguish between prostate cancer and benign prostatic hyperplasia?

How can you distinguish between prostate cancer and benign prostatic hyperplasia?

Can't: for the most part, prostate cancer has no real symptoms. Many people with benign enlargement of the prostate develop prostate cancer and many people without enlargement of the prostate also develop prostate cancer. your best defense is to see a urologist and have annual examination and PSA screening. ...Read more