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Doctor insights on: Can A Benign Cyst Become Cancerous

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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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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

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Benign overian cyst can turn into cancer?

Benign overian cyst can turn into cancer?

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 malignant cysts may look the same on imaging. Bening cysts do not turn into malignant ones, and certainly not once those are removed. ...Read more

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How does an ultrasound show the difference between a benign cyst and cancer?

How does an ultrasound show the difference between a benign cyst and cancer?

Characteristic: Simple cysts are fluid-filled and have well-defined appearance on ultrasound. Complex cysts could potentially be cancerous and require further evaluation. ...Read more

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Pilar cysts on top of head(about 4 or 5). benign. Had most of them since i was a kid. Do i ever have to worry about these becoming cancer or no?

Pilar cysts on top of head(about 4 or 5). benign. Had most of them since i was a kid. Do i ever have to worry about these becoming cancer or no?

Pilar cysts: The risk of a pilar cyst developing into a squamous cell cancer is very low, but not zero. You can leave them be, but should take note if any one of them becomes larger or inflamed or painful, as these may be indicators of a change in the behavior. ...Read more

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Can benign ovarian cyst turn into cancer?

Can benign ovarian cyst turn into cancer?

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 pt something is benign. If your doc is careful he will never say benign if there is some even remote possibility of cancer later. That is the way i practiced anyway. I hope whoever said that to you is careful!. Always be vigilant watching it! ...Read more

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Benign ovarian cyst can turn into cancer?

Benign ovarian cyst can turn into cancer?

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 malignant cysts may look the same on imaging. Bening cysts do not turn into malignant ones, and certainly not once those are removed. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have one ovary policyctic . MRI done but cysts look benign . Does this rules out cancer?

  Is it normal to have one ovary policyctic .  MRI done but cysts look benign . Does this rules out cancer?

No test can: absolutely exclude cancer, but if the cyst(s) are simple cysts with benign imaging features, it is highly improbable that they would be cancerous. ...Read more

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Is it possible to develop benign ovarian cysts after the last round of chemotherapy for ovarian cancer?

Is it possible to develop benign ovarian cysts after the last round of chemotherapy for ovarian cancer?

Yes: But your oncologis will always asume they are malignant until proven otherwise. Usually after ovarian cancer they remove everything so i'm not certain why I am getting this question. ...Read more

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