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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

Dr. Marvin Ott
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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


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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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What is worse a malignant tumor or benign tumor?

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

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What is the difference between a malignant tumor and a benign tumor?

What is the difference between a malignant tumor and a benign tumor?

Spreading: A benign tumor will get larger but stay in one place. A malignant tumor grows but also spreads to other places in the body to form more growths called "metastases". These are microscopic at first but then get bigger and spread further. Some types of cancers spread very early in their existence and others grow in one place for a while before spreading. Doctors know where spreading is likely to go. ...Read more

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How can I get information on benign tumors in the lungs and/or symptoms?

How can I get information on benign tumors in the lungs and/or symptoms?

Benign tumors exist.: Lung cancer is the most common visceral cancer in the world today. Because of this, the presence of a mass lesion in the lungs is concerning. Importantly, not all lung tumors are malignant, and that is good news. The most common type of benign tumor is called a pulmonary hamartoma. These benign tumors account for about 10% of small solitary lung lesions identified by imaging studies. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between a malignant tumor and a benign tumor?

How can you tell the difference between a malignant tumor and a benign 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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Can removing a benign tumor surgically ever trigger the formation of a new but malignant tumor?

Can removing a benign tumor surgically ever trigger the formation of a new but malignant tumor?

It depends,,,: Removal of a benign tumor doesn't involve formation of a malignant tumor. However, if there wasn't total removal, or the cells around it get stimulated to proliferate and mutate, or the surgical instruments were not cleaned fully and were previously used to remove a malignant tumor, then a new malignant tumor might be formed. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between a malignant tumor and a benign tumor when you look at it?

Yes: Malignant cells don't look like normal cells, and these differences can be seen when the biopsy is examined by the pathologist under the microscope. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a benign tumor and a malignant tumor in terms of how it looks or feels?

You can't: A tissue biopsy is the best way. The pathologist will look at it and based on its characteristic can differentiate between both. ...Read more

Dr. Harry Vinters
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Tuberous Sclerosis (Definition)

Tuberous sclerosis is a group of two genetic disorders that affect the skin, brain/nervous system, kidneys, and heart, and cause tumors to grow. The diseases are named after a tuber- or root-shaped ...Read more


Dr. Andrew Seibert
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Tsc (Definition)

In medicine, could be tuberous sclerosis complex, or thiazide sensitive carrier, or trans sodium crocetinate ...Read more