Cancer is developed in a person’s body when its cells undergo abnormal growth and uncontrolled multiplication.
Usually, the first sign that cancer has developed is when the multiplying cells band together to form a lump or a tumor.
The tumor may either be malignant (cancerous), or benign (non-cancerous).
Generally, benign tumors are harmless to the health, as in the case of moles and uterine fibroids. However, there are tumors that have been defined as benign that may eventually affect a person’s health.
A typical benign tumor is enclosed in a capsule; this prevents the tumor from behaving in a malignant manner. It grows in only one place; it doesn’t spread to other parts of the body.
However, a benign tumor’s location and growth behavior can cause it to press against the other organs, tissues or nerves around it, causing damage to them.
In rare cases, an undetected benign tumor may rupture and bleed into whatever location in the body it’s in. Surgery is usually the course of treatment recommended by doctors to remove benign tumors, as they are largely unaffected by radiation or chemotherapy.
Patients diagnosed with benign tumors should still be vigilant about their health. Regular check-ups and a healthy lifestyle could help prevent a benign tumor turn into a malignant one.