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Is there a difference between cancer and tumor?

Is there a difference between cancer and tumor?

Yes: While cancers are characterized by tumors, not all tumors are cancerous. Tumor derives from the latin for a 'mass' (a 'lump' - not all of which can be felt of course). Tumors are a result of an abnormal growth of cells and can be benign, or essentially only grow in one place and cannot spread. Cancer is when a tumor becomes malignant, or is able to spread and invade other tissues. ...Read more

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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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What`s the difference between cancer and tumor?

Tumor vs cancer: A tumor is an excessive growth of tissue. It can be benign (not dangerous) or malignant (dangerous because it can spread). Cancer is caused by malignant tumors. ...Read more

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What's the difference between cancer, neoplasia and tumor?

What's the difference between cancer, neoplasia and tumor?

See below: Cancer is a lay term for malignant tumors neoplasia is any new growth, benign or malignant. Tumor means a swelling, from any cause, including benign and malignant tumors. Generally this term is the same as neoplasia. ...Read more

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What is the difference between colorectal cancer/tumor or internal hemorrhoids?

What is the difference between colorectal cancer/tumor or internal hemorrhoids?

Important difference: Hemorrhoids are a benign disease, in other words a problem that for most people is not serious. They are like varicose veins. Symptoms are seeing blood in the stool from time to time. Cancer can produce the same symptoms but is a very different disease. In this problem cells that line the colon change into cancer cells. These cells grow and grow without control. This is brief i know. ...Read more

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Need advice on what is the the difference between liver cancer and liver tumors?

Need advice on what is the the difference between liver cancer and liver tumors?

Tumors are by: Definition anything that takes up space in the body. So tumors can be neoplasms, which can be either benign or malignant. Cancer is type of malignancy. It can spread both locally and to distant organs. Liver cancer is a type of malignant tumor of liver. ...Read more

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What is the difference between breast cancer and a tumor?

What is the difference between breast cancer and a tumor?

Definitions: A tumor is a general term for a lump or mass in any location in the body. It can be cancerous or noncancerous. Breast cancer refers to malignant cells found in the breast. There are many benign/noncancerous tumors that can be found in the breast. Usually a needle biopsy is performed to determin if cancer is present. ...Read more

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I want to know what is the difference between a tumor and cancer?

I want to know what is the difference between a tumor and cancer?

See below: Tumor is a general term for a growth that is not supposed to be there. They can be benign ( non-cancerous) and cancerous. Cancerous growths have potential to grow fast and spread to different parts of the body with devastating consequences. ...Read more

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What is the difference between ovarian cysts, tumors and cancer?

What is the difference between ovarian cysts, tumors and cancer?

Lot of difference: Cyst are benign lesions containing fluid inside, cystocarcinomas also contain fluid inside are cancers which need to be differentiate from benign cyst, by test , by removal & microscopic examination.Some malignant tumors are solid not cystic . Go to your gynecologist. ...Read more

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Ct found ovarian cystic mass, does that mean a cyst. Can a CT scan tell the difference between a cyst and tumor? Worried about ovarian cancer.

Ct found ovarian cystic mass, does that mean a cyst. Can a CT scan tell the difference between a cyst and tumor? Worried about ovarian cancer.

Not necessarily: Ultrasound would be a more accurate test to evaluate the contents of an ovarian cyst. Ovarian cysts are common findings. You should see your gynecologist. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the differences between brain tumor and brain cancer?

I was wondering what are the differences between brain tumor and brain cancer?

Malignancy: Cancer is a malignancy and is difficult to cure. Some brain tumors are benign and can be successfully treated even cured. ...Read more

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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