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.

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Are benign tumors in the lung a rare occurence?

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...

Please tell me, are benign tumors in the lung rare?

Depends on the age. Of all the tumors, benign ones are rare in older smokers. Tumors in the lung as such are rare in children ; young non smokers. If you find one in this age group, benign tumors are common. Read more...

Can docs please explain are benign tumors in the lung rare?

Yes. Benign lung tumors make up about 5% of lesions found in the lung. The majority are malignant i.e. squamous Ca , adenoCa and small cell neuroendocrine tumors. Among the rare but frequent benign lung lesions are the a) Hamartoma : made up of tissue from the lung's lining as well as tissue such as fat and cartilage. Then there are the b) Bronchial Adenomas and c) lesions from inflammation. Read more...

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...

I have COPD and was hospalized in January a x-ray showed nodual on my lung is it usual to remove benign tumors from the lung?

Not if benign. .We wouldn't routinely remove benign nodules from the lung, assuming of course that we're really certain that it's benign. Nodules like this need to be followed for a while by CT scanning to make sure they don't grow. If it seems to be growing at a pretty good rate, we would want to at least biopsy it to make sure it's benign. Read more...