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can a cyst turn into cancer

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Dr. Curtis Wong
33 years experience Plastic Surgery
Ovarian cysts: It isn't my primary specialty but I do not know of any generic cysts that can progress to cancer.
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Dr. Karen Dantin
37 years experience Family Medicine
Not likely: Cysts do not usually become cancer., very low chance.
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A female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
49 years experience Pathology
Not likely: Do you know that the cyst is benign? It not possible to know that without removing the cyst and having it examined by a pathologist. Benign and malign ... Read More
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Dr. Hanford Brace
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No: I qualify that saying anything possible in medicine. Benign means just that. There are pre cancerous lesions so one has to be careful when telling a ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
50 years experience Medical Oncology
Nothing clearcut: Both conditions can be painless or cause some discomfort or pain. It is hard to tell the difference as they can both produce a lump/mass. Only ultraso ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
49 years experience Pathology
Not likely: If you mean paratubal cyst, these are not likely to become malignant. However any cyst in or near the ovary needs to be investigated and may be remov ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
35 years experience Medical Oncology
Two separate things: Cancer is a group of cells that grow abnormally and have the potential to spread to other organs (metastasize). A cyst is just an abnormal fluid fille ... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
49 years experience Pathology
Very unlikely: Nothing is impossible but epidermoid cysts usually do not turn into cancer. However that does mean that the cysts are harmless. A cyst can keep growin ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
50 years experience Medical Oncology
Cyst is fluid filled: A cyst by definition is a fluid filled mass which is often benign. A tumor/cancer is typically solid in structure or mixture of solid material and flu ... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience Pathology
Very unlikely: The "chocolate" endometriosis cysts have very little malignant potential. They may be troublesome for other reasons. Ask about all your options. Best ... Read More
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A 68-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rebecca Gliksman
38 years experience Internal Medicine
Post menopause cysts: The incidence of malignant transformation- tuning into cancer is low . In one study < 1%. Most persisted unchanged or resolved spontaneously. Do no ... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Myron Arlen
64 years experience Surgical Oncology
Probable local: 2mm cancer very small and if margins obtained around growth it is probably cured. Question asked is whether the small lesion is a skin malignancy or ... Read More
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