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What causes benign tumors?

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What causes a benign tumor to form? Often, the cause is unknown, but the growth of a benign tumor might be linked to:

  • Environmental toxins, such as exposure to radiation
  • Genetics
  • Diet
  • Stress
  • Local trauma or injury
  • Inflammation or infection

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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