Benign tumors can form anywhere in the body with an abnormal growth of cells that serves no purpose. It is a lump or mass in the body that can be felt from the outside. Women generally find lumps in their breasts during self-examinations. It does not spread to nearby parts of the body. The exact cause of benign tumor is often unknown. It develops when cells in the body divide and grow at rapidly.
HOW IS BENIGN TUMORS DIAGNOSED?
Diagnostic tests in the laboratory can determine a benign tumor. The health practitioner will begin with a physical examination and details of medical history. He may suggest tests which include ultrasound, X-ray, CT scan, MRI and Biopsy to further detect the tumor.
HOW IS BENIGN TUMORS TREATED?
Not all benign tumors need treatment. If the doctor sees the need for treatment it includes: 1. Surgery to remove the tumour 2. Radiation therapy
DID YOU KNOW?
Benign brain tumors, however, can be life-threatening because they can compress brain tissue and other structures inside the skull. The cause is unknown; however the growth of a benign tumor might be associated with: • Environmental toxins, such as exposure to radiation • Genetics • Diet • Stress • Local trauma or injury • Inflammation or infection