What Are Malignant Tumors?
Malignant tumors are tumors that are life-threatening, and are formed by masses of cancer cells.
Compared to benign tumors, the structure of the cells in malignant tumors seem abnormal compared to the original cell, and they can multiply faster and spread throughout the body. For example, you’ve probably heard about cases of breast cancer spreading to the brain or to the bones.
Malignant tumors also disrupt or impede the function of the organs they infect, which can eventually cause organs to eventually fail if the cancer is not treated.
Another important difference between benign and malignant tumors is that while benign tumors can easily be removed, malignant tumors are more resistant to treatment. This means that while doctors can perform surgery to remove malignant tumors, there is still the possibility of the tumor coming back if there are no follow up treatments.
Malignant tumors are significantly more dangerous when compared to benign tumors, and it is important to seek treatment as early as possible, before the tumor can spread throughout the body.
What Causes Tumors to Develop?
Another key difference between benign and malignant tumors is how they develop in the body.
For the most part, the cause of benign tumors are usually unknown. Some cells in the body just start reproducing abnormally, which causes a benign tumor to develop.
Malignant tumors on the other hand, can be caused by a number of things, such as the following: