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

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. 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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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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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

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How does your doc tell if it's a vaginal cancer or just a benign tumor?

How does your doc tell if it's a vaginal cancer or just a benign tumor?

Examination & biopsy: Sometimes, clinical appearance of benign tumor is different than cancer-and that will give you some hints that perhaps it is not a cancer. However, biopsy of the lesion is the only thing that can tell you definitively whether it is a benign tumor or cancer. Discuss with your gynecologist. ...Read more

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Possible for a needle biopsy get benign tumor to become malignant cancer?

Possible for a needle biopsy get benign tumor to become malignant cancer?

No, but...: It may be possible for a mass to have a focus of cancer cells that are not sampled when a needle biopsy is done. (sampling error). Depends on the tumor, site, size, etc. If in doubt, remove the entire mass, not just a needle biopsy. ...Read more

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I had 28 treatments of radiation on the brain for a benign tumor. Can it cause cancer else where in the body down the road ?

I had 28 treatments of radiation on the brain for a benign tumor. Can it cause cancer else where in the body down the road ?

Narrowing of the: field of exposure with radiation treatment is done to minimize the risk of side effects of treatment. Yes there is increased risk of thyroid tumors, other brain tumors and brain infarcts (stroke). You should review your situation with the doctors ( radiation oncologist especially) Each situation requires weighing the potential risks vs benefits. ...Read more

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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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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

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


Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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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