Spinal tumors are benign or malignant growths of cells in the spinal cord or surrounding tissues. These tumors can put pressure on the spinal cord or its nerve roots. Even benign tumors can lead to permanent disability without treatment. Cancers and tumors of the spinal column and spinal cord are relatively rare. The most common symptom of spinal tumors is pain. Since low back and neck pain is very common, this symptom can be indicative of various medical conditions. Fortunately, tumors are rarely the cause of lower back and neck pain.