What distinguishes Cancer from Tumor

difference b/w cancer and tumor

Cancer: A Disease, Tumor: A Symptom – Know the Difference!”

Cancer and tumors are two terms used interchangeably, but both are different. In this article let’s discuss how they are unlike.

Comparing Cancer from Tumors

To understand the difference between cancer and tumors, let’s see what each one is.

What is Cancer?

What is cancerCancer occurs when cells in the body grow and divide uncontrollably and affect any part of the body. It can be contagious to other parts of the body.

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What is A Tumor?

benign vs malignant tumor

A tumor develops by lumps of abnormal growth of cells that can be either benign or malignant.

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Benign tumors are innocent and not cancerous. They do not spread to other parts of the body. They can often be removed with surgery and do not usually come back.

Malignant tumors, on the other hand, are cancerous and can spread to other parts of the body.

The main difference between cancer and tumors is that

  1. Cancer is a disease, while tumor is a mass or lump that appears on the surface of the body and may or may not be cancerous.
  2. Cancer is caused by genetic mutations, while tumors can be either benign or malignant.
  3. Cancer cells reproduce themselves without control while Tumors are larger than cancer cells and are not capable of spreading.
  4. Cancer is a group of related diseases in which somebody’s cells grow out of control. Tumors are localized collections of cancer cells that are not necessarily out of control.

How Cancer and Tumors Differ in Their Development

Cancer and tumors are both abnormal growths of cells but differ in their development. Cancer develops when cells in the body become damaged or mutated.

This can be caused by environmental factors such as radiation or chemicals, or it can be caused by genetic mutations. The mutated cells then divide and grow uncontrollably, forming a tumor. The tumor can then spread to other parts of the body, invading and damaging healthy tissue.

Tumors, on the other hand, can develop for a variety of reasons. They can be caused by genetic mutations, environmental factors, or even the body’s immune system. 

Environmental impact on Cancer and Tumor Development

The environment can affect cancer and tumor development in several ways. For example, exposure to certain chemicals, such as asbestos, can increase the risk of developing certain types of cancer.

Additionally, exposure to radiation, such as ultraviolet radiation from the sun, can increase the risk of skin cancer. Other environmental factors, such as air pollution, can also increase the risk of certain types of cancer.

In addition to direct exposure to environmental factors, lifestyle choices can also influence cancer and tumor development. For example, smoking cigarettes is a major risk factor for lung cancer, and consuming a diet high in processed foods can increase the risk of certain types of cancer.

Overcoming the Fear of Cancer: My Story

I am a cancer survivor

Cancer and tumors can be scary and overwhelming, but they don’t have to be. I’m a cancer survivor, and I’m here to tell you that there is hope.

With the right treatment and support, you can beat cancer and tumors. It’s not easy, but it’s possible. I’m living proof. I faced my diagnosis with courage and determination, and I’m still here today.

I’m grateful for the medical care I received, and for the support of my family and friends. I’m also thankful for the strength I found within myself.

I’m here to tell you that you can do it too. Don’t give up hope. You can beat cancer and tumors.”


Reviewed By : Dr. Aviral Vatsa

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