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Does a benign tumour exhibit similar symptoms to a malignant tumour?

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Dr. Ed Kaplan
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology

In brief: In some ways, occass

Tumor simply means growth.
The simple definition of "malignant" includes the ability to invade and metastasize. If a tumor does not have both of those characteristics than it is not malignant. That being said, a benign tumor can grow to large sizes or be in a location that could give the same symptoms as a malignant growth in the same location. There are many examples.

In brief: In some ways, occass

Tumor simply means growth.
The simple definition of "malignant" includes the ability to invade and metastasize. If a tumor does not have both of those characteristics than it is not malignant. That being said, a benign tumor can grow to large sizes or be in a location that could give the same symptoms as a malignant growth in the same location. There are many examples.
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