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Understanding Tumours And All The Terminology That Comes With It

04/17/2015 10:11 EDT | Updated 04/17/2015 10:59 EDT

When most people hear the word tumour, cancer fears aren't far behind. But what exactly is a tumour? How do you get one? And how can you treat it?

In the video above, DNews aims to answer those questions while of course keeping in mind that most treatments are both costly and painful for patients, while others still require more testing before entering the market.

While there are many different types of tumours, they typically break out into two different categories: benign and malignant. Benign tumours can be identified by things like moles and skin tags, everyone has them and they are not considered dangerous. Malignant tumours on the other hand are ones to look out for as they signify cancer and can be fatal, says The Worldwide Cancer Research Organization.

In Canada, cancer is the leading cause of death, responsible for approximately 30 per cent of all deaths, the Canadian Cancer Society reports. And the World Health Organization stresses the importance of detecting cancer early to increase chances of successful treatment.

So, if you see something suspect, don't try to decipher what type of tumour it may be, instead get it checked.

Watch the video above to learn more about benign and malignant tumours and the treatments that are currently being tested as cures.

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