Of the great variety of tumors to which the human body is subject, the great majority are of a benign character, although the great number of cancer doctors, with whom the country is infested, and who attach the name of cancer to every morbid growth no matter how simple and harmless its character, have given rise to such a widespread misapprehension upon this subject that the term tumor is in the minds of most people almost synonymous with cancer or malignant disease. Tumors of this class may consist of fibrous, mucous, fatty, osseous, cartilaginous, muscular, or vascular tissue. They produce no symptoms except those which arise from pressure or weight.

Fibrous Tumors

These growths are quite firm in character and slow in growth. They are found more often in the uterus than in any other organ. They also occur in the skin, in the throat, in the nasal cavity, in the globe of the ear, and in other parts of the body. They not infrequently contain sacs which are filled with fluid. The proper treatment is removal when the growth occurs in such a location as to be productive of inconvenience or a source of interference with the function of any organ of the body.

Fatty Tumors

These are more common than any other variety of tumor. They generally grow very slowly, and sometimes attain to very great size. They are formed by an increased growth of fatty tissue. They are distinguished from fibrous tumors by being less firm in character. They have a peculiar doughy feeling. Treatment con sists in removal when the tumor becomes so large as to occasion serious inconvenience.

Cartilaginous Tumors

These tumors are much less frequent than the preceding. They most frequently occur upon the joints of the fingers and the toes. They have a marked tendency to degenerate into malignant growths, and hence should be removed as soon as distinctly recognized.

Bony Tumors

These growths are sometimes composed of bony tissue alone, at other times a mixture of bony and cartilaginous tissue. In still other cases, they consist largely of fibrous tissue. They are sometimes quite well defined in shape, and in other cases are more diffused. The most common form of bony tumor is that known as sarcoma, which is closely allied to cancer.

Treatment - In cases in which it can be clearly determined that the tumor is a sarcoma, the proper treatment is amputation of the limb as far above the disease as possible.

Cystic Tumors

Cystic tumors consist of cystic growths, which are generally filled with fatty matter of a cheesy consistency, or serum. The most common is that known as "wen," which most frequently occurs upon the scalp. Proper treatment is division of the cyst with a knife, and removal of the sac.

Horny Tumors

These growths are of very infrequent occurrence. They occur most often upon the head and have been observed upon the tip of the nose. They are readily cured by removal. .