Gtgtgt DR. JAY K. HARNESS The word benign’ means not cancerous. It’s that simple and so we use the term to talk about noncancerous things. A typical benign tumor of a woman’s breast is called a fibroadenoma. It’s an overgrowth of a tissue not cancerous, not precancerous, and it’s benign. Lymph nodes that don’t have cancer in them that have been removed we work at those lymph nodes and say they are benign. What is the opposite of benign It’s malignant. What does malignant means It means cancer. So we want things to be benign. Benign means.