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What the difference between malignant and benign?

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Updated May 30, 2014

Question: What the difference between malignant and benign?
Answer: Malignant and benign are medical terms that are often confused with the other.

Malignantis cancerous. Malignant tumors can invade and destroy nearby tissue and spread to other parts of the body.

Benign is not cancerous. Benign tumors may grow larger but do not spread to other parts of the body.



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