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A 21-year-old member asked:

do ovarian cysts always lead to ovarian cancer?

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Dr. Richard Orr
Surgical Oncology 44 years experience
No: Ovarian cysts are common in premenopausal women and most are not cancer, nor premalignant. They do need to be diagnosed appropriately and followed carefully by your physician.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
Thankfully: No. There are many ovarian cysts, and few ovarian cancers.
Dr. Peter Sadow
Pathology 17 years experience
Most cysts benign: The majority of ovarian cysts, often related to the follicle, where the egg is stored, are benign. Ovarian cysts are very rarely malignant. However, any discovered ovarian cyst should be closely evaluated.

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Can an ovarian cyst grow in pregnancy?

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Can pregnancy affect ovarian cysts?

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