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A tumor is a mass of abnormal tissue that arises from normal cells, has no useful function and tends to grow. Tumors can be cancerous or non-cancerous. We will now examine some of these noncancerous tumors, namely:

 



FIBROID TUMORS

What are fibroid tumors? These are non-cancerous benign tumors found in the uterus.

It is found in women who are in their 30's or 40's. These fibroids are solid tumors and are made of fibrous tissue, which is why the name fibroid tumors. They often occur in masses wihich do not grow very fast and have no symptoms. There are five (5) types of fibroid tumors:

Surgery for fibroid tumors includes, myomectomy and hysterectomy. Another treatment is called uterine artery embalization: a process is done where blood is stopped from reaching the tumors and so cause them to shrink. One sad thing however about the surgery prcoedure for fibroid tumors is that fibroids often grow back.


MUSCLE TUMORS

What is a muscle tumor? It is abnormal tissue growth in or originating from muscle tissue.

There are 3 major types of muscle tumor. These are:

  • Leiomyomas Muscle Tumor
  • Rhabdomyomas Muscle Tumor
  • Rhabdomyosarcoma Muscle Tumor

 

 

Leiomyomas muscle tumors are tumors of smooth muscles, seen most often in the uterus but also in the digestive, urinary and female genital systems. Part of the tumor may become malignant, but it usually does not spread or recur.

Rhabdomyomas muscle tumors occur most often in cardiac muscle. Some forms spread, and may remain contained in tissue or become diffuse and hard to remove. Rhabdomyomas involving both smooth and straited muscle are often malignant and may grow very large.

The several types of rhabdomyosarcoma are rare; they arise in skeletal muscle, usually in the leg or arm, and are extremely malignant.

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HEMANGIOMA

What is hemangioma? It is a congenital benign tumor made of blood vessels in the skin.

Capillary hemangioma (nevus flammeus, port-wine) stain, and abnormal mass of capillaries on the head, neck, or face, is pink to dark bluish-red and even with the skin. Size and shape vary. It becomes less noticeable or disappears with age. Immature hemangioma (hemangioma simplex, strawberry mark), a reddish nub of dilated small blood vessels, enlarges in the first six months and may become ulcerated but usually recedes after the first year. Cavernous hemangioma, a rare, red blue, raised mass of larger blood vessels, can occur on skin or in mucous membranes, the brain, or the viscera. Fully developed at birth, it is rarely malignant. Hemangiomas can often be removed by cosmetic surgery.