A 27-year-old female asked:
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how likely is a dermoid cyst going to be cancerous? just had one removed

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Dr. Rebecca Gray
13 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
1-2%: It is rare for a mature cystic teratoma (dermoid cyst) to become cancer but there is a 1-2% risk associated.
Answered on Feb 20, 2014
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