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Benign Vs Cancerous Tumor
Any statistics relating to the relative frequency of benign kidney nodules vs. cancerous kidney tumors? I have a 'nodule' - seeing urologist next wk
It's moot: You either have cancer or you don't. We're going to find out. The radiologist can second-guess; even I can spot the obviously-benign and obviously-malignant ones. So sharing a number would be meaningless, since I don't know what yours looks like. What I can share is that a good majority of those picked up incidentally are very curable if managed appropriate and on time. A week's delay is okay. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
"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
Yep: A tumor may be benign but still can grow and put pressure on vital organs and structures. ...Read more
Not absolutely: Any surgeon with any experience has been surprised many times by tumors, sometimes in a good way, others in a bad way. You need tissue evaluation of a mass to be absolutely sure. Good luck. ...Read more
Yes: When one removes a tumor, it is examined by the pathologists under the microscope. In addition, special stains are performed on the tissue to assess whether the tumor might be malignant. So, in certain instances, something that was thought to be benign, may, in fact, be a malignant cancer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Details matter: Many lung nodules are benign. This will depend on were you live. Lung nodules can be granulomas, infections, fungal infections, benign growths such as hamartomas, and finally cancerous. It is important to have either serial imaging or a biopsy if a lung nodule is found. There are currently guidelines for this that a pulmonary medicine specialist or thoracic surgeon should follow. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Is it possible to have the symptoms of colon cancer and have a tumor that is benign or non-cancerous?
Are nasal tumors rare in people in 30's, both benign and malignant? What are statistics of cancerous ones?
Yes: Nasal tumors are less common but may still occur in younger people. See a medical professional for an examination to determine the cause. Don't jump into statistics about malignancy before you know what is wrong. ...Read more
Would blood tests show cancerous tumors, or even benign one's in the body? OR Would a regular blood test show indications of cancer / a tumor inside?
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