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A 37-year-old member asked:

What are the signs of an ovarian cyst or ovarian cancer?

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Dr. Myron Arlen
Surgical Oncology 65 years experience
Abdominal swelling: Small ovarian cyts are asymptomatic. When they convert to a malignancy the cyst has markedly increased in size. The malignant lesion if unrecognized spreads to omentum because of TGF-B. A large mass filling upper abdomen develops and induces formation of ascites filling the abdomen with fluid.

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A 32-year-old member asked:

How are an ovarian cyst and ovarian cancer different?

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 58 years experience
Benign&Malignant: Ovarian cysts are benign fluid filled sacs in the ovaries.Some custs can become cancerous ovarian cancer is a malignant tumor of ovaries and is a serious condition often with poor prognosis requiring surgery, chemotherapy and sometime radiation therapy.
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A 39-year-old female asked:

How do you now if you have an ovarian cyst what are the signs?

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Dr. Carlos Satulovsky
Psychiatry 29 years experience
Pain: Pain is the most common presentation. But in many cases it may be a ultrasonogram finding, having gone silent for years.
A 38-year-old member asked:

What are the signs and symptoms of an ovarian cyst?

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Dr. Daniel Lebowitz
Anti-Aging Medicine 25 years experience
You may have pain: You may get pain from a cyst. Or, you may have no pain at all. It just depends on the person and the size of the cyst.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Can an ovarian cyst be cancer?

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Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology 29 years experience
Sometimes.: Some cysts, like serous cystadenomas are precursors of cancers. Any cyst the persists for more than 2-3 menstrual periods should be checked further, particularly those who have a history of ovarian cancer. Sometimes biopsy and ca-125 levels must be taken, while other times surgery is needed.
A 39-year-old member asked:

How can I distinguish between ovarian cyst or cancer!?

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Dr. John Gordon
33 years experience
Can be difficult: Although imaging studies like ultrasound and ct are helpful sometimes the only way to rule out cancer is to undergo surgery. We are pretty good at figuring out which cysts need surgery right away compared with those that we can watch and see if they resolve on their own.

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