Benign Tumors

Also called: Benign cancer, Benign neoplasms, Noncancerous tumors

Tumors are abnormal growths in your body. They can be either benign or malignant. Benign tumors aren't cancer. Malignant ones are. Benign tumors grow only in one place. They cannot spread or invade other parts of your body. Even so, they can be dangerous if they press on vital organs, such as your brain.

Tumors are made up of extra cells. Normally, cells grow and divide to form new cells as your body needs them. When cells grow old, they die, and new cells take their place. Sometimes, this process goes wrong. New cells form when your body does not need them, and old cells do not die when they should. These extra cells can divide without stopping and may form tumor.

Treatment often involves surgery. Benign tumors usually don't grow back.

NIH: National Cancer Institute

Symptoms of Benign Tumors

The following features are indicative of Benign Tumors:
  • headache
  • loss of peripheral vision
  • chills
  • fatigue
  • fever
  • loss of appetite
  • malaise
  • night sweats
  • weight loss
It is possible that Benign Tumors shows no physical symptoms and still is present in a patient.

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Common Causes of Benign Tumors

The following are the most common causes of Benign Tumors:
  • PTEN hamartoma syndrome
  • cowden syndrome
  • tuberous sclerosis complex
  • von hippel-lindau disease

Risk Factors for Benign Tumors

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Benign Tumors:
  • problems with the body's immune system
  • benzene and other chemicals exposure
  • drinking too much alcohol
  • environmental toxins
  • excessive sunlight exposure
  • genetic problems
  • obesity
  • radiation exposure

Prevention of Benign Tumors

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Benign Tumors. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
  • avoid tobacco use
  • maintain normal body weight
  • avoid alcohol

Occurrence of Benign Tumors

Number of Cases

The following are the number of Benign Tumors cases seen each year worldwide:
  • Very common > 10 Million cases

Common Age Group

Benign Tumors can occur at any age.

Common Gender

Benign Tumors can occur in any gender.

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Benign Tumors

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Benign Tumors:
  • CT scan: To visualize the tumor and to differentiate it from a malignant tumor
  • Chest radiography: To visualize a benign tumour

Doctor for Diagnosis of Benign Tumors

Patients should visit the following specialists if they have symptoms of Benign Tumors:
  • Oncologist

Complications of Benign Tumors if untreated

Yes, Benign Tumors causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Benign Tumors is left untreated:
  • life-threatening damage to other body systems

Procedures for Treatment of Benign Tumors

The following procedures are used to treat Benign Tumors:
  • Sclerotherapy: Shrink affected blood vessels in order to cut off the blood supply
  • Surgery: Surgically resected the tumor
  • Radiation therapy: Kills the benign cells

Self-care for Benign Tumors

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Benign Tumors:
  • Make Healthier food choices: Eat healthy food and exercise regularly
  • Avoid Alcohol and tobacco: Give up alcohol and tobacco consumption
  • Avoid stress: Keep the stress levels under control

Alternative Medicine for Treatment of Benign Tumors

The following alternate medicine and therapies are known to help in the treatment or management of Benign Tumors:
  • Herbal Therapy: Works by interacting with the dynamic flow of molecules within and between cells

Patient Support for Treatment of Benign Tumors

The following actions may help Benign Tumors patients:
  • Cancer support service: Provides support to a person emotionally and mentally
  • Encourage People: Encourage open communication with the sufferer
  • Give the person space to discuss their challenges, fears and emotions

Time for Treatment of Benign Tumors

While time-period of treatment for each patient may vary, below is the typical time-period for Benign Tumors to resolve if treated properly under an expert supervision:
  • More than 1 year

Last updated date

This page was last updated on 6/18/2020.
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