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Benign tumors may require surgical treatment because they interfere with body functions. Because they do not invade neighboring tissue, benign tumors seldom are considered life-threatening.

Malignant tumors invade and destroy normal tissue. Cells from malignant tumors break away and spread to other parts of the body through the blood and lymphatic systems. Cancer can grow and spread rapidly or can take years to develop.

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More than 75% of all eyelid tumors are benign growths such a keratosis, nevi (moles) and chalazions (styes.) Basal cell carcinoma is the most common eyelid malignancy, comprising more that 90% of all eyelid cancers and nearly 20% of eyelid tumors in general.

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