• Benign tumours grow locally and do not tend to spread to other parts of the body 
  • If they are surgically removed, they usually do not grow back unless some cells have invaded surrounding tissues or are left behind 
  • Benign tumours are rarely life threatening although they can cause serious problems as a result of their physical size or position.  
  • Benign neoplasia tends to be named in a similar fashion to cancer but with a simple ‘-oma’ as the ending(link to How are cancers named?) 
  • Examples include: 
    • Adenoma – a benign tumour of glandular tissue 
    • Fibroma – a benign tumour of fibrous connective tissue 
    • Lipoma – a benign fat tumour