What's the difference between Tumor and Cyst?

Not all the people aware about Cyst and Tumor, both may sound to worry about but they have individual identities.

What is Cyst?

This can be mysterious bumps in your skin, it is a sac that may be filled with air, fluid or other material.

Cysts usually occur within almost any type of the body's tissue; they vary in size from microscopic to large structures that can displace internal organs.

There are various types of cysts. Common locations include in the skin, in the breasts, or on the ovaries, testes, kidneys or spine.

Most cysts are benign. However, these masses sometimes may be considered neoplasms. Examples include dermoid, keratocyst or calcifying odontogenic cysts.

Common causes of cyst include infections or defects during fetal development. Most cysts are noncancerous (benign). But on the other hand, cancers can form cysts.

What is Tumor?

A tumor (L. tumere = to swell) is a growth or lump of tissue resulting from neoplasia or abnormal new cell growth and reproduction due to the loss of normal growth-control mechanisms.

There are two major types of tumors, benign and malignant, with respect to overall form or growth pattern.

A tumor that is not capable of indefinite growth and does not invade the healthy surrounding tissue extensively is called benign, whereas a tumour that continues to grow and becomes progressively invasive is referred to as malignant; the term cancer refers specifically to a malignant tumor.

It is advisable that when you notice some bumps and it is disturbance in your daily routine, it is worth to visit your doctor.

Most of the cases when cyst was appear, it will be examined by ultrasound or a computerized tomography (CT) scan are almost always benign and should simply be observed.

If the cyst has solid components, it may be benign or malignant and should have promoted assessment. Biopsy is the best test to determine whether a cyst or tumor is benign or malignant is to take a sample of the affected tissue — or, in some cases, the entire suspicious area — by removing it and studying it under a microscope.