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Difference Between Benign and Malignant

soft_tumor_bookBenign vs Malignant
The two terms malignant and benign are medical terms and they are often confused with each other. The fact is that they are poles apart in meaning. Malignant means that the affected cells in the body are cancerous. The tumors which are malignant can attack the tissues lying the surrounding region and spread in the body. On the other hand, benign tumor means that the tumor is not cancerous. It might grow in size but it will not spread to other parts of the body. Therefore we can say that malignant tumors love to grow and conquer the surrounding area while the benign tumors like to stay put.

If you have a malignant tumor in the colon region, it will grow through your colon and go to various other locations. This activity is called metastasizing. The malignant tumors grow faster than the benign tumors and cause major health concerns. The benign tumors are self-contained but this doesn’t mean that a benign tumor is totally painless or doesn’t grow in size. This type of tumor doesn’t destroy the surrounding tissue or will not become malignant with time. For this reason most of the benign growths can be surgically operated upon. In malignant growths doctors suggest cell killing by radiation therapy or chemo therapy.

In malignant tumor the cells start growing in an abnormal manner and they seek the surrounding tissue for consumption. As a matter of fact it will continue to grow as it finds healthy tissue. The pieces from malignant tumor can break from the parent tumor and spread to various other parts of the body. However this is not the case with benign tissues.

There is a condition which falls in the middle of benign and malignant. This means that there are certain tumors which can become malignant but their cells have not started growing abnormally. Some types of moles fall under this category and they are termed as pre-cancerous. So we can say that a pre-cancerous tumor is not really benign but it hasn’t attained the aggressiveness to become malignant. Now this kind of pre-cancerous growth will react well to the surgical intrusion but the doctor may want to observe it for some time to see any chances of malignancy, before declaring it completely normal.

Summary:
1.A benign tumor doesn’t grow abnormally and is not harmful in the long run.
2.A malignant tumor has cancer cells which are active and grow abnormally.
3.A malignant tumor will require aggressive treatment methods but a benign tumor becomes fine in one surgical intervention.
4.The tumor which is pre-cancerous can have the potential to be malignant but its present state is a matter of concern and observation.


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  1. I have to respond to the erroneous statement made in the summary part of this article where it states that benign tumors are not harmful in the long run. That is absolutely not true, and whoever is responsible for stating that needs to do their research. My brother died of a brain tumor, so I know a little bit about the subject matter, at least concerning brain tumors.

  2. Difference between Tumor Cells and Normal Cells. Contact inhibition is the natural process of arresting cell growth when two or more cells come into contact with each other. Contact inhibition controls cell growth by allowing cells to replicate as old cells die but keeps unnecessary tissues from forming in their place. Normal cells have their own identity and obey the rule of contact inhibition. Normal cells adhere to each other and expire at the end of their life cycles. Tumor cells typically lose these properties and thus grow in an uncontrolled manner even when in contact with neighboring cells. Tumor cells do not follow the rules of contact inhibition, adherence and self-destruction (apoptosis, programmed cell death). Usually, tumor cell contain faulty DNA and chromosomes (some chromosomes may be duplicated or deleted). Tumor cells spread through the body via the lymphatic and circulatory systems. Clearly, tumor cells evade the immune system. Unlike normal cells that are specialized, tumor cells are non-specialized and do not contribute to the functioning of a body part. Normal cells have specialized behaviors and serve a purpose. Tumor cells have lost their specialized function. The first tumor cells (in the human body) are not very malignant cells; subsequent (mature) tumor cells are extremely malignant cells. Ordinarily, old normal cells undergo apoptosis, a series of enzymatic reaction that lead to the death of the cell. Normal cells will self-destruct if genetic / chromosomal abnormalities are found. Tumor cells fail to undergo apoptosis. Normal cells divide about 50 times and then stop dividing and die. Tumor cells can enter the cell cycle repeatedly, and in this way, they are potentially immortal. According to the Ferromagnetic Theory of Cancer / Carcinogenesis / Oncogenesis / Tumorigenesis (Iron Conception), any tumor cells are cells with numerous intracellular superpara-, ferri- and ferromagnetic nanoparticles. Any normal cells are cells with non-numerous intracellular superpara-, ferri- and ferromagnetic nanoparticles. Any cancer and ALS work by these nanoparticles. Tumor cells (cells with these nanoparticles; excessively negatively charged cells) do not follow the rules of contact inhibition and adherence. Enzyme activity can be affected by these nanoparticles (immortality of tumor cells). The immune system does not identify these nanoparticles within cellular organelles (the immune system can’t distinguish between dia-, para-, superpara-, ferri- and ferromagnetic micro- and nano-objects). These nanoparticles can chaotically-anarchically distort DNA and shift chromosomes by local magnetic fields (mistakes in DNA; chromosomal faults; deformed mitoses; non-specialization and ugliness of tumor cells). Oncologists-clinicians must beat cancer (a subtle iron disease) by non-complicated anti-iron methods of The Old Testament.

  3. Difference Between Benign and Malignant. The malignant tumors grow faster than the benign tumors and cause major health concerns. The benign tumors are self-contained but this doesn’t mean that a benign tumor is totally painless or doesn’t grow in size. This type of tumor doesn’t destroy the surrounding tissue or will not become malignant with time. 1) Any malignant tumor cells are cells with numerous intracellular superpara-, ferri- and ferromagnetic nanoparticles. 2) Any benign tumor cells are cells with non-numerous intracellular superpara-, ferri- and ferromagnetic nanoparticles. 3) Any normal cells are cells almost without intracellular superpara-, ferri- and ferromagnetic nanoparticles. See: ‘Iron Chelators for Cancer Therapy and Ferromagnetic Theory of Cancer’. Observations that rapid neoplastic cell proliferation requires iron have led to the understanding that some iron chelators may be useful against cancer. Researchers endeavor to develop more effective iron chelators for cancer therapy. Chelation is a very effective way to treat heavy-metal poisoning. Since the 1970s, iron chelation therapy (the removal of excess iron from the body with special drugs) has been used as an alternative to regular phlebotomy to treat excess iron stores in people with hemochromatosis. The goal of iron chelation therapy is to prevent iron-mediated injury to cells. Researchers can’t beat cancer by iron chelators because: 1) researchers invent ultra-complicated iron chelators; 2) researchers mix anti-cancer iron chelation therapy with chemotherapy and radiation therapy. According to the Ferromagnetic Theory-2006 of Cancer (Iron Conception), any tumor cells are cells with numerous intracellular superpara-, ferri- and ferromagnetic nanoparticles [any normal cells are cells with non-numerous (almost without) intracellular superpara-, ferri- and ferromagnetic nanoparticles]. Researchers must beat cancer (a subtle iron disease) by non-complicated iron chelators of The Old Testament: 1) intratumoral injections [sulfur (2%) + olive oil (98%); 36.6C – 39.0C] (by ceramic needles) [suppression of tumors and large metastases]; 2) accurate slow blood loss (even 75%) [hemoglobin control] (neutralization of micro-metastases); 3) goat’s milk diet and anti-iron drinking water containing hydrogen sulfide (neutralization of micro-metastases). Difference Between . n e t & Vadim Shapoval

  4. 1.Benign tumor is mobile mass of tissue or cells
    1.malignant tumor is fixed or alcerating mass
    2.benign tumor is smooth and rounded with a surrounding fibrious capsule
    2.maligant tumor is irregular shaped with no fibrious capsule
    3.benign tumor cell multiply slowly
    3.maligant tumor cell multiply rapidly
    4.benign tumor is mobile mass not attached to surrounding tissue
    4.maligant tumor is fixed attached with surrounding tissue and deeply fixed with surrounding tissue
    5.benign tumor never spread to other side
    5.maligant tumor always spread to other side if not removed or destroyed
    6.benign is easier to remove and not recurrent after exicision
    6.malignant is diffcult to remove and require after exicision

  5. there is the most important difference that is …mitosis
    in bengin there is normal mitosis but in malignet there is very fast an abnormal mitosis.

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