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Doctor insights on: Are Large Ovarian Cyst More Likely To Be Cancerous

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Would it be possible that a benign cyst be painful or are just cancerous cysts painful?

Would it be possible that a benign cyst be painful or are just cancerous cysts painful?

Yes and no: Benign cysts can definitely be painful, and cancerous cyst are not necessarily painful. Good luck. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Are large friable polyps likely to be malignant?

Are large friable polyps likely to be malignant?

Yes, sometimes: But only a biopsy or pathology review of the polyp can make this certain. I would advise removal of the polyps and get them examined by a pathologist.. ...Read more

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Are all ovarian cyst considered to be padunculated?

Are all ovarian cyst considered to be padunculated?

No: Pedunculated means that the structure is connected to the main structure by a stalk. Most ovarian cysts are incorporated into the ovary. The majority of cysts will come and go, but you should discuss your situation with your doctor. ...Read more

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Can a cancerous ovarian tumor be less than 2cm?

Can a cancerous ovarian tumor be less than 2cm?

Yes: Cancers start as one cancerous cell, so any cancer will go through a phase in which it is a millimeter or so and become larger. ...Read more

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Are fluid filled ovarian cysts less likely to be cancerous? I have a simple fluid filled. one, plus a para simple cyst.

Are fluid filled ovarian cysts less likely to be cancerous?  I have a simple fluid filled. one, plus a para simple cyst.

Cancer rare: Many women get ovarian cysts during their reproductive years. Most will never develop ovarian cancer. This gland functions to produce eggs. These eggs grow inside ovarian tissue within a sac or follicle. During ovulation the egg is released from its sac passing into the fallopian tubes. Usually the sac dissolves, but sometimes remains and fills with air or fluid to develop well defined cyst ...Read more

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Is it rare to have sebaious cysts on the vagina? If so could they possibly be cancerous?

Is it rare to have sebaious cysts on the vagina? If so could they possibly be cancerous?

No: Sebaceous cyst occur very commonly around the vaginal area. They are not dangerous. They can be very annoying and uncomfortable. Watching, they are very easily treated. If this is a recurring problem you should probably discuss this with your gyn. ...Read more

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Can an ovarian cyst dissolve and be cancerous?

I do not understand: I do not understand what you mean from a cyst getting dissoved!. Yes the cyst can have cancer in it if it is big enough and is multilocular, with internal growth. A ct scan or ultrasound of the ovaries can help to make adistinction between benign versus maligmant ovarian cysts. ...Read more

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Does an ovarian cyst make conception less likely if benign?

Does an ovarian cyst make conception less likely if benign?

Depends: You normally get a cyst each month when you ovulate this would be normal. If the cyst would not be benign(cancerous), this would be an entirely different answer. ...Read more

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Can an ovarian cyst with proteinateous content be benign or always malignant?

Can an ovarian cyst with proteinateous content be benign or always malignant?

Usually benign: That's usually benign. Your gynecologist will advise you whether the fluid should be aspirated by needle, or the cyst merely observed over time by ultrasound. ...Read more

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Right ovary with multiple follicle cysts and dominant 1.1 cm mildly complex cyst. Can this be cancerous?

Right ovary with multiple follicle cysts and dominant 1.1 cm mildly complex cyst. Can this be cancerous?

Yes sometimes: Yes, some complex cysts can be cancerous, but most are not when they are that size. Usually doctors follow these with sequential ultrasounds until better clarified. ...Read more

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Is ovarian cancer more or less likely to be "genetic/hereditary"?

Is ovarian cancer more or less likely to be "genetic/hereditary"?

Often it is not gene: Only 10-20% cases are genetic or hereditary in origin, rest are sporadic or not related to previous family history...Just come out of the blue in more than 80% of cases. ...Read more

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If a person has a history of benign cancer, are they more likely to develop malignant tumors?

If a person has a history of benign cancer, are they more likely to develop malignant tumors?

Unclear question: Some benign tumors predispose to malignant tumors, e.g. Colon polyps, and moles. Most benign tumors do not become malignant. There is no such entity as benign cancer. ...Read more

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Does having large bilateral kidney cysts make me more likely to have cysts on other organs?

Does having large bilateral kidney cysts make me more likely to have cysts on other organs?

Depends: Patients with adpckd, a hereditary condition, can also have cysts in the liver, pancreas, and spleen. Simple kidney cysts are not associated with cysts in other organs. ...Read more

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If a person has a history of benign cancer, are they more likely to develop malignant tumor?

If a person has a history of benign cancer, are they more likely to develop malignant tumor?

Nomenclature: Confusing! "benign cancer" is a contradiction in terms, but there are benign tumors (can grow huge but can't invade or spread), and there are cancers (like basal cell of the skin or many bladder cancers) that are slow and pose little short-term danger. There are genetic disease with multiple benign & malignant tumors; otherwise, tumors occur depending on risk factors and dumb luck. ...Read more

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Very painful heterogeneous ovarian cyst growing and looking more 'solid'. Should I be concerned?

Very painful heterogeneous ovarian cyst growing and looking more 'solid'. Should I be concerned?

Need to evaluate: I would recommend further evaluation with a gynecologist there are many different causes for ovarian growths or cysts. Any cyst that is complex or has solid components needs further testing. ...Read more

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4.8cm homogenous cyst in left ovary.Most likely it could be benign or malignant?

4.8cm homogenous cyst in left ovary.Most likely it could be benign or malignant?

Most likely benign: Most ovarian cysts as you describe in women your age are benign. However, follow-up is necessary and mandatory. Any suspicion requires additional investigation/possible laparoscopy. ...Read more

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Can sebaceous cyst be cancerous or a tumor ?

Can sebaceous cyst be cancerous or a tumor ?

Why do you ask?: Cancer very rarely arises in these. If you have one that you would like removed, go ahead and it won't be a source of further worry. ...Read more

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If I have fibroids can that be from a malignant tumor and not a benign tumor?

Fibroids: A uterine fibroid is the most common benign (not cancerous) tumor of a woman's uterus (womb). Fibroids are tumors of the smooth muscle that is normally found in the wall of the uterus. They can develop within the uterine wall itself or attach to it. They may grow as a single tumor or in clusters. Uterine fibroids can cause excessive menstrual bleeding, pelvic pain, and frequent urination. ...Read more

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Are fluid filled ovarian cysts less likely to be cancerous? I have a simple fluid filled. one, plus a para simple cyst.

Cancer rare: Many women get ovarian cysts during their reproductive years. Most will never develop ovarian cancer. This gland functions to produce eggs. These eggs grow inside ovarian tissue within a sac or follicle. During ovulation the egg is released from its sac passing into the fallopian tubes. Usually the sac dissolves, but sometimes remains and fills with air or fluid to develop well defined cyst ...Read more

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I had a total hysterectomy 3 weeks ago for early stage endometrial cancer, the surgeon also found an ovarian cyst. Is this likely to be cancerous?

I had a total hysterectomy 3 weeks ago for early stage endometrial cancer, the surgeon also found an ovarian cyst. Is this likely to be cancerous?

Possible: It's certainly possible that your cyst is malignant but not likely. The vast majority of ovarian cysts are benign. If you had the cyst removed, a pathology report would have been generated and will have the information you seek. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Should you exercise if you have a large ovarian cyst?

Should you exercise if you have a large ovarian cyst?

Ask your ob- gyn: Honestly this is a question best- answered by your ob- gyn physician.He/she will know size is cyst and risks associated w/ certain exersises. Best of luck! ...Read more

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I have a large ovarian cyst 21cmx10cm. What will happen if it ruptures?

I have a large ovarian cyst 21cmx10cm. What will happen if it ruptures?

Abdominal: Pain....seems to me this should be treated before this happens! Why is this not being considered?? Hope this helps ! Dr Z ...Read more

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I am 19 years old with a large ovarian cyst and other issues. Can i get this treated?

I am 19 years old with a large ovarian cyst and other issues. Can i get this treated?

OVARIAN CYST: Definitely ! just see a gyne for treatment. You will be advised accordingly. Good luck ! ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a relatively large ovarian cyst shrinking or bursting please?

What are the symptoms of a relatively large ovarian cyst shrinking or bursting please?

Symptoms vary: An ovarian cyst can resolve on its own without symptoms. It can also rupture causing pain that requires emergency surgery. Usually surgery is not necessary and the pain is short-lived and tolerable. It is recommended that the patient avoid strenuous exercise because of the possibility of torsion of the ovary. If the ovary twists it can cut off its blood supply and die requiring surgery. ...Read more

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What would be clusters of small bubble like things, be that are surrounding a large ovarian cyst?

What would be clusters of small bubble like things, be that are  surrounding a large ovarian cyst?

Follicular cysts: Every woman who ovulates makes small cysts on her ovaries. These represent the eggs that started to mature, but didn't 'pop out', and are totally normal. ...Read more

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I have been bleeding for 4 weeks now and found out I have a large ovarian cyst. How long will it take for the pain and bleeding to stop?

I have been bleeding for 4 weeks now and found out I have a large ovarian cyst. How long will it take for the pain and bleeding to stop?

Bleeding with cyst: It would take a lot more detailed information to be able to speculate about this. A gynecologist asks questions about your periods, pregnancies, pain, bleeding pattern, sexual history...etc...They can then give better advice about what may be going on with you exactly. ...Read more

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I've had 2 large ovarian cysts burst. One 17 years ago and one 7 years ago. I recently had another one burst on August 20th and another one burst t?

I've had 2 large ovarian cysts burst.  One 17 years ago and one 7 years ago.  
I recently had another one burst on August 20th and another one burst t?

That is ok : If you want you can start yourself on ocps ,these pills really help to avoid future cyst development but make sure you have no contradiction of ocps use ...Read more

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Please tell me, could pcos lead to large ovarian cysts?

Please tell me, could pcos lead to large ovarian cysts?

PCOS: Patients with pcos will typically have irregular and anovulatory cycles. The cysts remain small and are reabsorbed before ovulation. Therefore, it's unusual to have large ovarian cysts. Still, a cyst that grows without ovulation can become symptomatic. I would see your provider to find out more. ...Read more

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It has been discovered that I have a "large" ovarian cyst. First time in my 32 years that I have had one... Why now?

It has been discovered that I have a "large" ovarian cyst. First time in my 32 years that I have had one... Why now?

Cannot say: Why would a cyst develop at this time and not sooner or later cannot be answered. Please follow your doctor's advice for follow up testing and treatment. ...Read more

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Does an ovarian cyst causes pain during sex have to be a large one or can it be small in size? And is it necessarily cancerous?

Does an ovarian cyst causes pain during sex have to be a large one or can it be small in size? And is it necessarily cancerous?

See details: An ovarian cyst might cause pain during sex regardless of size. Most cysts do not cause pain. Pain does not imply that it is cancerous. Cysts are very common in your age group and the great majority are benign. ...Read more

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Does an ovarian cyst larger than 6 CM have to be removed if you have a history of ovarian cancer in your family? The cyst has enlarged over 3 months.

Does an ovarian cyst larger than 6 CM have to be removed if you have a history of ovarian cancer in your family? The cyst has enlarged over 3 months.

Ovarian cyst: Ovarian cancer can present as cystic lesion .It is sometimes not easy to differentiate benign cyst to malignant cyst. Thus, if the cyst is big and growing-a surgical resection should be seriously considered. Talk to your gynecology oncologist and discuss more in regard to surgery etc. The risk for you is even more significant with the positive family history of ovarian cancer. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have more than one large ovarian cysts on my left ovary I also found out the cysts are 3 centimeters in diameter. What could happen if they errupt?

I have more than one large ovarian cysts on my left ovary I also found out the cysts are 3 centimeters in diameter. What could happen if they errupt?

Ovarian cyst: If an ovarian cyst ruptures it usually causes pain. More importantly it is to make sure that the cysts are benign (they usually are). ...Read more

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What does it mean when they say in between a cancer and not when they saw the pathological result for the ovarian cyst? Is it more likely for cancer?

What does it mean when they say in between a cancer and not when they saw the pathological result for the ovarian cyst? Is it more likely for cancer?

Borderline: You're talking about a "borderline malignant" diagnosis, correct? This is common in the ovary. You already know that malignant tumors may be very aggressive or fairly docile, though all are dangerous. The ovarian borderline lesions are slow-growers and slow-spreaders but need to be treated definitively if at all possible like any other cancer. ...Read more

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I have large ovarian cysts and when i urinate it hurts quite a bit. Is this normal?

I have large ovarian cysts and when i urinate it hurts quite a bit. Is this normal?

Rule out UTI: The large ovarian cyst should not cause pain on urination. Be sure you don't have a uti. Check 25-oh vit d, it might be low with the ovarian cysts. Possibly the Aspirin could be irritating the lining of the urethra if there is no infection or some thing in your diet might be the irritant. ...Read more

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Cyst (Definition)

A cyst is a structure or mass that consists of a cellular lined sac. It is typically filled with fluid but may be filled with solid material. It can be congenital, traumatic, or acquired. They may develop nearly anywhere in the body and usually require complete excision for eradication or they are likely to recur. Fluid filled sacs that are not cellular lined ...Read more


Dr. Arthur Balin
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Ovarian Cyst (Definition)

A condition in which a growth (often balloon-like, thin-walled, and filled with fluid) arises on an ovary (the female ...Read more