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What is the frequency of benign colon tumors compared to cancerous tumors?

What is the frequency of benign colon tumors compared to cancerous tumors?

Small and about 5%: Other than for congenital polyposis the majority of lesions arise in a field effect initiated by the polyoma virus. Contrary to the belief that adenomatous polyps convert to malignant polyps and then Ca this occurs in about 5 % of pts. 95% arise from premalignant cells in the viral or carcinogen field. ...Read more

Neoplasms (Definition)

"tumor" literally translates as "mass", so even a fresh bruise could be called a "tumor". Doctors use the term "neoplasm" (tranlates literally as new growth) to describe tumors that are abnormal growths of cells. These may be benign or malignant; "malignant" = cancer. In everyday usage, we use "tumor" ...Read more


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Is it possible to have the symptoms of colon cancer and have a tumor that is benign or non-cancerous?

Is it possible to have the symptoms of colon cancer and have a tumor that is benign or non-cancerous?

Yes: Many conditions such as bacterial and viral colitis, ulcerative colitis, crohn's colitis are benign, and benign colon polyps can cause colon problems. Even something as simple as hemorrhoids can cause bowel changes or bleeding. Need to see a doctor for an examination. ...Read more

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Benign tumors stays benign forever?

Benign tumors stays benign forever?

Depends on type: Most benign tumors stay benign. There are certain benign tumors that care rarely progress into a malignant growth. ...Read more

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Describe the features of a benign tumor.?

Describe the features of a benign tumor.?

Location and type: Benign means it is not a cancer but features would depend on tumor type and location. Need additional information. ...Read more

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Do benign tumors arise by transformation?

Do benign tumors arise by transformation?

Yes: All tumors arise from normal pre existing cells that have undergone some form of transformation. Several oncogenes are turned on to present the benign as well as malignant lesion with immortality. In the case of the malignant tumor additional changes allow for matrix metalloproteinase to be produced to dissolve walls of blood vessels for metastasis and convert e-cadherin to small e cad. ...Read more

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Could benign tumors still kill you?

Yes: Benign tumors, especially in the brain, can kill you as they can grow and damage adjacent brain or cause increased pressure on the brain. Benign lung or GI tumors can cause obstructive pneumonia or bowel obstruction with dire consequences. Benign tumors in virtually any organ can cause irreparable damage if growth is unchecked or the tumors are not removed. Expert consultation is important. ...Read more

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What are the chances of a benign tumor turning malignant?

What are the chances of a benign tumor turning malignant?

Highly dependent: This is highly dependent on the location, type of tumor, and treatment of the benign tumor. ...Read more

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Are benign tumors in the lungs rare?

Are benign tumors in the lungs rare?

No: Benign lung nodules are not rare and are found during routine chest x-rays or, more likely ct scans. The most common are hamartomas or adenomas that are totally innocent if they are in the outer lung as usual but can block a lung if they are in one of the bronchial tubes. Although, pet scans can help determine that these are benign, some require surgical removal to assure that they are benign. ...Read more

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Could benign tumors become malignant?

Could benign tumors become malignant?

Depends on situation: There is a middle ground between the common idea of benign (never harmful) and malignant (always harmful). Conditions like tuberous sclerosis can generate tumors that become destructive because of there location, like in the brain or heart. They don't have to travel there like some cancers, they can just pop up anywhere ; interfere with normal tissue. ...Read more

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Do benign tumors spread through metastasis?

No: Benign tumors do not spread to other parts of the body. ...Read more

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What is worse a malignant tumor or benign tumor?

Usually malignant: Malignant tumors tend to spread all over the body. Benign tumors tend to spread locally. If a benign tumor is in a bad place, then local spread can be very serious. You can't always ignore a tumor just because it is benign. ...Read more

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How do a benign tumor and a malignant tumor differ?

Aggressiveness: Benign tumors, while problematic, tend not to be as aggressive nor as invasive--with less potential to spread. Generally these may be removed without danger of returning. They have no cancerous cells. Malignant tumors spread more invasively & are derived from uncontrolled cancer cell growth that can metastasize to other parts of of the body. These have the risk of returning after surgery or chemo. ...Read more

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Hello docs, is a benign tumor considered cancerous?

No: Benign tumor (non-malignant, non-cancerous tumors) can grow at many body sites. Tumors that are benign do not have the ability to spread to other parts of the body. In some instances benign tumors can cause health problems by growing to large sizes and pressing on adjacent structures such as nerves and blood vessels. It would be good to discuss your concerns with a physician. ...Read more

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What are the odds of benign tumors becoming malignant?

What are the odds of benign tumors becoming malignant?

Benign tumors: It really depends on the organ/tumor involved. Some benign tumors can become malignant but that's generally a rare occurrence. Speak with your doctor about your concerns. ...Read more

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In general, can a benign tumor easily become malignant?

In general, can a benign tumor easily become malignant?

Generally no: Not easily. Most benign tumor can stay benign for a long time. Certainly, some may progress into malignant over time. ...Read more

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What are the means by which benign tumors become malignant?

They usually don't: Most benign tumors do not become malignant unless there has been some change in their environment. Tumors can only be diagnosed as benign with a biopsy. If benign, following size and change in shape or consistency may be used to raise concern. However, most benign lesions stay that way. If changes occur, see your doctor again --- and a biopsy is the only way to make the right diagnosis. ...Read more

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How can I tell between a benign tumor and a malignant tumor?

How can I tell between a benign tumor and a malignant tumor?

H&P important: A lot depends on the location of the tumor, the age of the patient and other factors like how it feels. This is what is called the history and physical and it's why your doctor asks a lot of nosy questions. The h&p will give us answers in 80% of cases but the rest will require testing, like special scans or biopsies. Even then, there are a few cases which are hard to know for sure! ...Read more

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If you have a benign tumor can smoking make it malignant?

If you have a benign tumor can smoking make it malignant?

No: Smoking certainly can cause cancer and there's such a thing as a scar cancer where cancer can arise from a scar but the bottom line is that you should not smoke since smoking clearly causes lung cancer, oral cancer, throat cancer, and contributes to other cancers including esophageal, gastric, and even bladder cancer. ...Read more

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How does a benign tumor growth differ from a malignant tumor?

One spreads: Contrary to malignant tumor, benign tumor, growth (division) is less rapid, confined, contained, do not spread, both have their own distinct individual, histological appearances, the expert, the pathologist can distinguish, one from other. ...Read more

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Can having a benign tumor make you more at risk to have cancer?

Usually no: The word "cancer" means a malignant tumor. Having a benign tumor usually is not associated with malignancy. Rarely, however, a benign tumor may degenerate into a malignant tumor. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Pack
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Benign Tumor (Definition)

A tumor by any other name is a growth. It can be either benign or malignant, differentiated based upon the potential to spread (a malignant tumor is, by definition, a cancer). The best way to determine this is by a tissue biopsy, but we can make better predictions based on the organ of origin, physical ...Read more


Dr. Suzanne Galli
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Colon (Definition)

The colon is another term for the large intestine. This is the final portion of the digestive system, responsible for absorbing water and storing stool before evacuation. It is divided into sections described as cecum; ascending, transverse, descending and ...Read more