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The Spread of Malignant Cancers

Cancer is a broad term describing the rapid, uncontrollable growth of cells. Normally, the cells in your body are programmed to replace themselves in the event of injury or cell death. However, when you are exposed to carcinogens such as asbestos, it can disrupt the mechanisms that regulate cell growth, resulting in the growth and spread of tumors.

When doctors spot a tumor in your body, they will first decide if it is benign or malignant. Benign tumors are masses that grew unexpectedly, yet they do not have the ability to spread to other areas of the body. They are not considered cancerous. Malignant tumors are the dangerous type in that they are not just localized to one area of the body, which makes them especially dangerous.

How Tumors Move Through Your Body

Malignant tumors differ from benign tumors in that they have the ability to metastasize. This means that pieces of the tumor can break off and travel throughout your body through your lymphatic system or bloodstream. Normally, your antibodies are able to fend off these diseased cells to protect you from more tumors. However, as your body becomes weaker, it is easier for the tumors to spread.

From the bloodstream or lymphatic system, the traveling bits of malignant tumors can leave the transport and anchor themselves onto a new area of your body. From here, the tumor begins its growth once again.

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Asbestos can cause benign malignant growth through benign fibrous mesothelioma as well as malignant mesothelioma. If you have been diagnosed with this aggressive disease and want more information, please fill out the contact form at the top of the page.

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