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!

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How can I tell between a benign tumor and a malignant tumor under the skin, just by feeling it?

It's impossible. Feeling tumors is not 100% reliable, and you should be examined in person by a dermatologist or a surgeon. Generally, lumps that are soft, fleshy, and easily movable underneath the skin are less aggressive. Read more...