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Chest Wall Tumors

The chest cavity—which houses the lungs, heart, and other vital body parts—is a bone-and-muscle cage framed by the sternum (breastplate), spine and ribs. Like any other part of the body, the walls of the chest cavity are susceptible to tumors. A tumor is any type of abnormal growth of cells, whether malignant (cancerous) or benign (non-cancerous). Benign tumors of the chest wall are not uncommon. Cancerous tumors, on the other hand, are rare; they account for only 5% of all thoracic malignancies.


  • A lump or bump on the chest
  • Pain in the chest area
  • Swelling of the chest
  • Difficult chest movement

If you experience any of these symptoms, contact a medical professional immediately for evaluation.