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Neoplasm

an abnormal mass of tissue whose growth is rapid and uncoordinated
May be benign or malignant

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Cancer

a cellular malignant tumor, the natural course of which is fatal

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Tumor

a swelling or a defined mass of tissue
Benign or malignant

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Benign

localized growth which is not malignant or recurrent

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malignant

growth which tends to become progressively worse due to disruption of normal cell function, invasion of healthy tissue and metastasis

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Metastasis

spreading from the primary location to other areas

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invasive

move to tissues surrounding the primary site
Opposite to "in situ"

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Protooncogene

gene in a host cell which is involved in regulation of cell growth

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Oncogene

gene that encodes a protein capable of inducing cellular transformation (cancer) often through inappropriate cell growth leading to neoplastic transformation
"cancer causing gene"