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Are all tumors cancerous?


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Answered 2009-08-12 19:25:11

No. Some are benign, which means they probably should be removed but also means they are not yet cancerous. If you think you have one I strongly urge you to seek a Doctor and have it checked out. No, some tumors can simply be fatty tissue. I am not a doctor, but my pet dog has 2 fatty tissue tumors and they're not cancerous.


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