Tumors, frequently misspelled tumour, are masses of aberrant, unrestrained cell growths without a healthy purpose. There are different types, and they’re usually named in relation to the type of tissue from which they originate and/or location in the body.
Benign indicates that a tumor is not cancer. While malignant means it is. Although a benign tumor doesn’t spread nor invade other tissue, it can still be a serious health issue. Especially if it presses against a vital organ causing interference with its function.
Some risk factors that are known to cause the growth of a benign or malignant tumor include:
- sun exposure
- hepatitis B virus
- sedentary lifestyle
- human papillomavirus
- excessive alcohol use
- immune system issues
- environmental chemicals & toxins, i.e. benzene
Carcinoid tumors account for about half of all small intestinal cancers. Causing an increased chance for this type of tumour are:
Symptoms of a tumor depend on its type and location. A couple of general symptoms involve:
If a carcinoid, benign or malignant tumor is growing in your lungs, then it may cause symptoms of:
While tumors of your gastrointestinal tract can cause symptom noticed via:
- weight loss
- bloody stools
- abdominal pain
- bowel obstruction
- bowel habit changes
- rectal pain & bleeding
- iron deficiency anemia
Ofttimes, tumors don’t cause any signs or symptoms.
Treatment varies based on its location and whether it’s benign or malignant.
In some cases, benign tumors require no treatment because it doesn’t cause symptoms or affect the function of nearby organs. Some may request their removal for cosmetic reasons.
With early detection, a carcinoid tumor is highly treatable with total removal surgery. Yet, most of these tumors are discovered late.
Catching some malignant tumors at their earliest stage is when they’re most treatable. Types of screening for early detection are:
Tumor prevention is through avoidance of known causes previously mentioned, coupled with a health nurturing diet and exercise.