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Sex hormone-producing
adrenal tumor

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What is a sex-hormone producing tumor?

Sex-hormone secreting adrenal tumors are very unusual and occur in about 2 out of every 1 million people.16 These tumors may be benign (adenomas) or malignant (adrenocortical carcinoma). Telling the difference between a benign and a malignant sex hormoneHormone - a chemical made by a gland that travels in the bloodstream and "tells organs what to do." producing tumor may be difficult based upon the microscopic appearance. The best predictor for malignancy is whether or not there are metastasesMetastases - cancer that has spread from another part of the body, invasion of other organs, or recurrence. Smaller tumors are more typically benign, whereas larger tumors pose a greater risk of being cancer.

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