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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 - South East Skin Clinic

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

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Acoustic neuroma (vestibular schwannoma) information | myVMC

Acoustic neuroma or vestibular schwannoma is a benign ear tumour near the XIIth cranial nerve, which is responsible for balance and hearing.

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Lipoma (fatty lump) information | myVMC

Lipomas are tumours of fatty tissues. They often look like lumps under the skin, but are usually harmless.

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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.

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Haemangioma - South East Skin Clinic

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

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Haemangiomas | Sydney Children's Hospitals Network

What are haemangiomas of infancy? Haemangiomas of infancy are common birthmarks consisting of an overgrowth of some blood vessel cells

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Birthmarks in babies, children and teens | Raising Children Network

Birthmarks include Mongolian spots, caf-au-lait macules, port wine stains, salmon patches, stork marks and infantile strawberry haemangiomas. Read more.

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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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Endochondroma (benign bone tumour) information | myVMC

Endochondroma or enchondroma is a benign but potentially malignant bone tumour. Ollier's disease is a condition characterised by multiple endochroma.

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Brain tumours - gliomas - Better Health Channel

Gliomas are brain tumours associated with the three types of glial cell in the brain.

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