it is important to know that tumors are not necessarily synonymous with cancer.
A tumor: is a condition where there is abnormal cellular growth thus forming a lesion or in most cases, a lump in some part of your body.
Cancer:on the other hand is a degenerative condition
where there is uncontrollable cellular growth that spreads in your body.
It should be noted that not all tumors are cancerous.
There are benign tumors where the growth is limited to certain part of the body. When a tumor becomes malignant, then it becomes cancer. This means that the primary growth can spawn several secondary growths thus invading vital parts of your body.
You must also remember that not all cancer cases are characterized by tumor growth.
Blood cancer for example does not involve the appearance of tumor.
However, when you have a tumor, it would be best to undergo a biopsy in order to determine if the growth is malignant or benign.
Tumors can be removed easily through surgery and the condition will not recur.
Cancer on the other hand requires prolonged treatments that may involve surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy.
These two conditions should be addressed immediately. However, most tumors are not life threatening while cancers are generally serious conditions that need serious medical attention.
Tumors and cancers are not one and the same.
A tumor can be benign and will not develop into cancer.
Cancer on the other hand is a malignant condition and the spread of abnormal cellular growth could become uncontrollable.
A carcinoma is a type of cancer, which alludes to the cell origin of the cancer.
Carcinoma means that the cancer originated
from an epithelial cell origin.
There are other types, such as sarcomas, which come from the muscle cell origin, or melanoma, which is from melanocytes of the skin, or astrocytoma, which is a growth from a type of brain cell.
It's important for the cancer doctors to know this, because different types of cancer respond to treatments differently