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If I have fibroids can that be from a malignant tumor and not a benign tumor?

If I have fibroids can that be from a malignant tumor and not a benign tumor?

Fibroids: A uterine fibroid is the most common benign (not cancerous) tumor of a woman's uterus (womb). Fibroids are tumors of the smooth muscle that is normally found in the wall of the uterus. They can develop within the uterine wall itself or attach to it. They may grow as a single tumor or in clusters. Uterine fibroids can cause excessive menstrual bleeding, pelvic pain, and frequent urination. ...Read more

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Fibroids (Definition)

Uterine fibroids are the most common pelvic tumor in women. 1 of every 3 women of child-bearing age have these tumors and up to 80% of african-american women have fibroids. They are often asymptomatic but they can also cause significant symptoms. It is the most common cause of heavy menstrual bleeding. Pelvic pain and increased urinary frequency ...Read more


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Can a benign tumor metastasize?

Can a benign tumor metastasize?

No.: By definition, a benign tumor does not metastasize (spread to other sites by invading the blood stream or lymphatic system). Extremely rare cases of 'parasitic' or implanted benign tumors (eg leiomyomas of the uterus) are recognized to occur in sites outside their normal origin, but this is thought to be a result of some form of tissue transplantation, and not true tumor ''metastasis' ...Read more

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What kind of benign tumors in the abdomen can be lobular?

What kind of benign tumors in the abdomen can be lobular?

Hard to address your: Unless you give us more details about what you mean "lobular tumor" such as its location, size, biopsy report etc, it is hard to know what it is. The only way to tell a tumor to be benign versus malignant is with a biopsy. So you need to share the biopsy results with us, then we can try to make some sense of this question. ...Read more

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Should I be referred to an oncologist if I have a benign tumor?

Should I be referred to an oncologist if I have a benign tumor?

Not usually: Oncologists are specialists in treating cancers (malignant tumors), generally with drugs (chemotherapy). Benign tumors don't need chemotherapy; they may need treatment with surgery, or not; depends on the tumor, type, size, location. ...Read more

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How do I know if a benign tumor will not turn into malignant cancer in future ?

How do I know if a benign tumor will not turn into malignant cancer in future ?

Unlikely: Not enough info to answer your question. If this is about a lung nodule, it's usually is benign if there are certain characteristics on ct or if it has been stable over 2 years period. If you are at low risk (no family/personal history of cancer & no smoking history), the chance of a benign stable nodule turn into malignancy is very low. ...Read more

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Hi, what's the difference between benign cyst and benign tumor on optic nerve? Thank you.

Hi, what's the difference between benign cyst and benign tumor on optic nerve? Thank you.

Cyst & tumor differ: A cyst is defined as an open space (sac) with an epithelial lining. This space may be filled with fluid, cellular debris, empty, etc. In general, a tumor is a solid growth, but may have cystic components. They can be composed of many different cell types. In this case, both are benign, but being on the optic nerve, they could still cause problems due to compression. ...Read more

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Hi, what's the difference between a benign cyst and a benign tumor on optic nerve? Thanks

Hi, what's the difference between a benign cyst and a benign tumor on optic nerve?  Thanks

Good question, but: Not always a simple answer. Some tumors form cysts. Generally a cyst is trapped fluid in a surrounding layer of non-tumor tissue. "Benign" is a complex term in the nervous system. A tumor cell type can be benign by its growth pattern (doesn't invade or "metastasize") but still a concerning problem because of where it is (on an eye nerve, for example). See ophthalmologist (not optometrist). ...Read more

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How can I tell between a benign tumor and a malignant tumor under the skin, just by feeling it?

How can I tell between a benign tumor and a malignant tumor under the skin, just by feeling it?

It's impossible: Feeling tumors is not 100% reliable, and you should be examined in person by a dermatologist or a surgeon. Generally, lumps that are soft, fleshy, and easily movable underneath the skin are less aggressive. ...Read more

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Malignant tumors shows metastasis but benign tumor not. How do I know if I have a benign tumor?

Benign tumor?: Although benign tumors can be observed and do not normally metastasize, the best way to confirm is to have a biopsy. ...Read more

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What would be my cancer risk after having a benign tumor removed along with the ovary it was on?

What would be my cancer risk after having a benign tumor removed along with the ovary it was on?

Probably normal: Depending on what the benign tumor was. It is likely that you are at no increased risk compared to anyone else. ...Read more

Dr. John Lipman
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Uterine Fibroids (Definition)

Uterine fibroids are the most common pelvic tumor in women. They occur in 1 of every 3 women regardless of race and up to 80 % of african-american women of child bearing age. They are often asymptomatic but they can cause significant symptoms (exe. Heavy menstrual bleeding, pelvic pain, increased urinary frequency). They ...Read more


Dr. Payam Mehranpour
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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