What are cardiac tumors? Any type of growth in the body is called a tumor, whether it is determined to be cancerous (malignant) or non-cancerous (benign).
Malignant tumors grow rapidly and can spread to other parts of the body quickly, while benign tumors grow slowly and are often not harmful depending on where in the body they are located.
Primary tumors that originate in the heart are rare, occurring in one in every 2,000 people. Tumors that start elsewhere in the body and then spread to the heart are known as secondary tumors.
A primary noncancerous tumor (myxoma) usually develops in the upper left chamber (atrium) of the heart and tends to be more common in women. Cancerous tumors from tobacco use are the leading cause of cancer deaths, more than any other environmental cause.
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