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Benign vs. Malignant Tumors

The cells of your body contain information in packets called genes. Your genes are made up of DNA, which include special sequences of nucleic acids that encode the building blocks of life. DNA also carries instructions for cells, telling them when to grow, divide, and produce more cells. If these instructions are altered, your cells can grow uncontrollably and develop masses called tumors.

Tumors typically come in two forms, benign or malignant. Benign tumors, although still harmful, are not as dangerous as malignant tumors. Malignant tumors are the growths that occur in cancer patients and can spread throughout the body.

The Risks of Benign Tumors

Benign tumors normally grow slowly, but they can still be harmful for your body. Although they cannot spread to other areas, they can still grow very large without any outward symptoms. This can place pressure on nearby tissues and organs, which may disrupt their functioning. The growth of benign tumors results in an estimated 13,000 annual deaths in the United States.

Malignant Tumor Dangers

Like benign tumors, malignant tumors can also grow very large and damage nearby tissues. However, they can grow much more rapidly than benign tumors, and they also have the ability to spread to completely different areas of your body. This is called metastasizing. Bits of the main tumor mass break off and travel through the bloodstream or lymph system. They can leave these pathways and anchor in previously healthy areas of tissue, prompting another site of tumor growth. This is how cancer spreads.

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Cancer is a leading cause of death in the United States. If you develop a malignant cancer in one spot, it can grow and spread, resulting in further damage to your body. Mesothelioma is one such malignancy that is difficult to detect, yet it can spread into small tumors throughout your body. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, it is important to understand your disorder so you can face it. Please fill out the contact form located at the top of the page today for more information.

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