14 February 2008

Benign?

Okay, this is a great story. I'm happy for the man, and I think this doctor is a great practitioner of the medical arts.

But what struck me about this story was this odd statement:
Gurrieri shook hands with [Dr] Chris Britt, who immediately noticed Gurrieri's hand felt "spongy," a symptom of acromegaly, a benign tumor at the base of the brain that can lead to blindness, diabetes, high blood pressure and premature death.

If the benign tumor can cause blindness, diabetes, high blood pressure and premature death, aren't all
tumors, ultimately, benign?

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