How Benign Tumors Differ from Malignant Tumors



Dr. Matthew Taub, a physician with Optimum Oncology Hematology Associates, has been practicing medicine for more than 20 years. Throughout that time, Dr. Matthew Taub has treated both benign and malignant tumors.

Benign tumors are noncancerous growths that do not spread to other areas of the body. Although no specific cause of benign tumors is known, they have been linked to chronic inflammation, traumatic injury, and diet. Regardless, benign growths are common and can develop in any part of the body.

Though they are not cancerous, benign tumors can cause health problems, depending on their size and location. The growths may press against primary nerves or main arteries or compress brain matter. In these cases, the tumors will need to be treated or removed. Fortunately, benign tumors respond well to treatment and rarely grow back.

Infrequently, benign tumors can develop into malignant tumors. Because of this, benign tumors are typically monitored very closely, especially if they are classified as premalignant, which means the tumors have a high likelihood of becoming cancerous in the future.