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What are benign tumors?

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A tumor is an abnormal growth of cells that serves no purpose. A benign tumor is not cancer. It does not invade nearby tissue or spread to other parts of the body the way cancer can. In most cases, the outlook with benign tumors is very good, but benign tumors can be serious if they press on vital structures such as blood vessels or nerves. Therefore, sometimes they require treatment.

From: Benign Tumors WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Brigham and Women's Hospital: "Facts about Meningiomas." Cleveland Clinic: "Benign Soft Tissue Tumors." American Cancer Society: "Salivary Gland Cancer." UCSF Medical Center: "Fibroids." American Cancer Society: "What is a soft tissue sarcoma?" Children's Hospital Boston: "Hemangioma." American Academy of Family Physicians: "Lipomas." American Brain Tumor Association: "Meningioma." National Cancer Institute: "What You Need to Know About Moles and Dysplastic Nevi." American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Osteochondroma (Bone Tumor)." Cleveland Clinic: "Benign Bone Tumors." eMedicine: "Papilloma, Conjunctival: Treatment & Medication."











Reviewed by William Blahd on July 11, 2017

SOURCES: Brigham and Women's Hospital: "Facts about Meningiomas." Cleveland Clinic: "Benign Soft Tissue Tumors." American Cancer Society: "Salivary Gland Cancer." UCSF Medical Center: "Fibroids." American Cancer Society: "What is a soft tissue sarcoma?" Children's Hospital Boston: "Hemangioma." American Academy of Family Physicians: "Lipomas." American Brain Tumor Association: "Meningioma." National Cancer Institute: "What You Need to Know About Moles and Dysplastic Nevi." American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Osteochondroma (Bone Tumor)." Cleveland Clinic: "Benign Bone Tumors." eMedicine: "Papilloma, Conjunctival: Treatment & Medication."











Reviewed by William Blahd on July 11, 2017

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