Tumors that originate in the spine (primary tumors) are rare. They can be either benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous) and are caused by the abnormal growth of cells that reside in the spinal column or neural tissues. Some spinal tumors are the result of cancer that has spread from other parts of the body (secondary or metastic tumors). Secondary tumors are, by nature, malignant as they have arisen from cancerous tumors elsewhere in the body.
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