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Benign tumours

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Tumours are abnormal growths in the body. They can be either benign or malignant (cancerous).

Benign tumours are not cancerous and only grow in one place. They can't spread or invade other parts of the body, but can be dangerous if they press on vital organs, such as the brain. Treatment for benign tumours usually involves surgery. Once treated, benign tumours don't usually grow back.

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Last reviewed: July 2016

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Keratoacanthoma - Skin Cancer Clinic Brisbane

A Keratoacanthoma is a rapidly growing benign tumour that may look very similar to an SCC (Squamous Cell Carcinoma).

Read more on Skin Check website

Acoustic Neuroma | myVMC

Acoustic neuroma or vestibular schwannoma is a benign tumour of Schwann cells which surround the XIIth cranial nerve responsible for balance and hearing.

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Infantile Haemangiomas

Infantile haemangiomas are the most common benign growths of infancy and childhood, affecting 2.6 to 4% of babies by 6 weeks of age.

Read more on Australasian College of Dermatologists website

Haemangioma - Skin Cancer Clinic Brisbane

Haemangioma may be treated cosmetically. Most people over 40 are found to have at least one haemangioma at a skin cancer checkup.

Read more on Skin Check website

Haemangiomas | The Sydney Children's Hospitals Network

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Pituitary tumour

Generally, pituitary tumours are benign (not cancerous) and slow growing, and pituitary cancers are rare. Benign tumours don’t spread to other parts of the body, so there is no chance of secondary tumours developing. Treatment may include surgery, radiation therapy and medication.

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Neuroendocrine Tumour | myVMC

Neuroendocrine tumours are a rare group of cancers that affects hormone-producing cells. They typically grow slowly and are often benign.

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Adrenalectomy (removal of adrenal glands) information | myVMC

Adrenalectomy is a surgical procedure to remove the hormone producing adrenal glands, near the kidneys. It is a treatment for benign and malignant tumours.

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Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Type 1 (Endocrine Adenomatosis or Wermers syndrome) | myVMC

Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Type 1 is a genetic condition characterised by tumour growth in the endocrine glands. Tumours are typically benign.

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Endochondroma (chondroma, Ollier's disease) | myVMC

Chondroma is a benign (does not spread throughout body) tumour of cartilage

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