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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

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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Can epidemoid cyst turn in to cancer over time?

Can epidemoid cyst turn in to cancer over time?

Very unlikely: Nothing is impossible but epidermoid cysts usually do not turn into cancer. However that does mean that the cysts are harmless. A cyst can keep growing and press on the adjacent structures. The cyst may rupture and local inflammatory reaction. It would be prudent to have it removed. ...Read more

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What is partubal cyst can turn into cancer?

What is partubal cyst can turn into cancer?

Not likely: If you mean paratubal cyst, these are not likely to become malignant. However any cyst in or near the ovary needs to be investigated and may be removed as that is the only certain way to know that a given cyst is not malignant. Ovarian cancers can present as cystic structures. ...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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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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What are symptoms of cyst or cancer?

What are symptoms of cyst or cancer?

Nothing clearcut: Both conditions can be painless or cause some discomfort or pain. It is hard to tell the difference as they can both produce a lump/mass. Only ultrasound or other imaging tests can make the distinction between a cyst and a solid mass. So go seek medical advice from your doctor who can guide you further. ...Read more

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What's the difference between cancer and cyst?

What's the difference between cancer and cyst?

Two separate things: Cancer is a group of cells that grow abnormally and have the potential to spread to other organs (metastasize). A cyst is just an abnormal fluid filled cavity. Some cancers can have a component of cyst but not all do and some cysts can be cancerous but most are not. It's like comparing blue cars with Fords. Some Fords are blue, but not all. Some blue cars are Ford but not all. ...Read more

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How do a cyst and a cancer tumor differ?

How do a cyst and a cancer tumor differ?

Cyst is fluid filled: A cyst by definition is a fluid filled mass which is often benign. A tumor/cancer is typically solid in structure or mixture of solid material and fluid (Cystadenocarcinoma of ovary is an example).
An ultrasound examination is the best way to make a clear cut distinction. A CT scan is equally good test to define the nature of this lesion. ...Read more

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Chocolate cyst turn to cancer at the age of 38?

Chocolate cyst turn to cancer at the age of 38?

Very unlikely: The "chocolate" endometriosis cysts have very little malignant potential. They may be troublesome for other reasons. Ask about all your options. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Is a sub endometrial cyst possibly cancer? What does it mean to have this kind of cyst?

Is a sub endometrial cyst possibly cancer? What does it mean to have this kind of cyst?

Not clear: The term subendometrial cyst is not a typical medical term we use. It sounds like this was something from an ultrasound report. Without more information we can not comment. I would contact the doctor who describes the cyst in this way and ask for more clarification. Endometrial cancer in a 23 year old is highly unlikely. ...Read more

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I have two simple cysts on my ovary. Am quite worried. What's the chances they could be cancer?

I have two simple cysts on my ovary. Am quite worried. What's the chances they could be cancer?

Post menopause cysts: The incidence of malignant transformation- tuning into cancer is low. In one study < 1%. Most persisted unchanged or resolved spontaneously. Do not worry.

http://www. Sciencedirect. Com/science/article/pii/S0301211512000346

Another study http://www. Medscape. Com/viewarticle/726319 concluded simple ovarian cysts. .. was not linked to a later increased risk for ovarian cancer.... ...Read more

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A cyst on my anus for about 5 years. I finally got health insurance; I'm just terrified it might be cancer. It has never hurt or changed. Need encoura?

A cyst on my anus for about 5 years. I finally got health insurance; I'm just terrified it might be cancer. It has never hurt or changed. Need encoura?

Cyst: This is most likely a cyst or a hemorrhoid. It would be very odd for a cancer to remain unchanged for 5 years. It would be a good idea to have it looked at by your doc, though. It may be able to be removed to help improve your quality of life. I hope this helps! ...Read more

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Had results yesterday that cyst removed from perineum contained 2mm cancer. I'm a nervous wreck, dr thinks it's all removed but what if it's elsewhere?

Probable local: 2mm cancer very small and if margins obtained around growth it is probably cured. Question asked is whether the small lesion is a skin malignancy or some other disease process elswhere that induced cytic formation with Ca contained or a primary cytic lesion with small area of transformation. ...Read more

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Could cancer cause a pilonidal cyst?

Could cancer cause a pilonidal cyst?

Not typically.: But in very rare cases a chronic inflammation (like from a pilonidal cyst) can result in skin damage which could turn into cancer. ...Read more

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Could it be testicular cancer or a cyst?

Could it be testicular cancer or a cyst?

Exam: You need a physical examination and maybe an ultrasound to tell. Hope it's nothing but don't put it off. Get seen asap. ...Read more

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How to tell if it's ovarian cancer or just a cyst?

How to tell if it's ovarian cancer or just a cyst?

It's complicated: And takes many years if school/ residency and then fellowship training to be an expert in such matters. The answer is beyond the realm of health tap. ...Read more

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What are the signs that complex kidney cyst is cancer?

What are the signs that complex kidney cyst is cancer?

Multiple features: Complex cysts, vs. Simple cysts, share common walls with other cysts, have solid components in the walls, or calcifications.

The radiologist will opine if features look suspicious and either recommend a repeat ultrasound in 6 months, or a ct to further clarify. ...Read more

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How can I distinguish between testicular cancer and cyst?

How can I distinguish between testicular cancer and cyst?

See your doctor: Testicular lumps can be cancer or benign. You don't want to take a chance of misdiagnosing yourself. Testicular cancer can be extremely aggressive so don't delay. Go see your doctor for a thorough exam. S/he may order an ultrasound to determine if you have a mass inside the testicle, but hopefully it is something benign such as a cyst or varicocele (dilated blood vessels). Good luck! ...Read more

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What's the difference between testicular cancer and cysts?

What's the difference between testicular cancer and cysts?

Cysts vs cancer: Cancer is a growth of cells that once it gets started it won't stop. It is usually solid. A cyst is like a balloon full of water. Lots of people have cysts and they are a normal finding. ...Read more

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Is a cyst on your cervix a sign of potential cervix cancer?

Is a cyst on your cervix a sign of potential cervix cancer?

No: Cervical cysts (presumably, nabothian cysts) are, generally, part of the benign, physiologic (normal functioning) of the cervix. ...Read more

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How do drs distinguish between a cyst and testicular cancer?

Very different: A cyst is a fluid filled thin-walled structure without a solid component or abnormal color flow on doppler. Testicular cancer is solid (though sometimes with cystic spaces in it) that may also show areas of increased blood flow on color doppler ultrasound. ...Read more

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If person has "bilateral renal cysts", does that mean it's cancer?

If person has "bilateral renal cysts", does that mean it's cancer?

No.: "bilateral renal cysts" means that both kidneys (right and left) contain cysts. While some kidney cancers may be cystic, most renal cysts are benign. It would be good to ask the doctor who ordered the imaging study that found the renal cysts what he/she thinks of these cysts and the likelihood that they might be cancer. Every case is unique. Hope that this helps. ...Read more

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What do doctors do to distinguish between a cyst and cancer/tumor?

What do doctors do to distinguish between a cyst and cancer/tumor?

Biopsy: It depends where the cyst is. But the only real way to distinguish between a benign and cancerous mass is a biopsy. ...Read more

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I have multiple cysts in left ovary. Is it possibility of cancer.?

I have multiple cysts in left ovary. Is it possibility of cancer.?

Yes, but: While that is possible, it is quite unlikely at your age. It is the job of the ovary to make cysts, so it is normal for a women who is having monthly periods to have a variety of sizes of cysts on each ovary. There are also a number on benign reasons to have ovarian cysts. Your doctor can repeat an exam, usually ultrasound, to follow the cysts to see if they appear normal. ...Read more

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If you have ganglion cyst could that be the result of some form of cancer?

If you have ganglion cyst could that be the result of some form of cancer?

Not cancer: Ganglion cysts are the result trauma, degenerative changes especially in the wrist joint, not related to cancer. ...Read more

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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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Is there evidence showing if the bigger the cyst more chances of it being ovarian cancer?

Is there evidence showing if the bigger the cyst more chances of it being ovarian cancer?

Complex, but no: Some of the largest ovarian cystic tumors are benign, so there is no simple rule about size versus malignancy. For more information if you have a cyst and are worried, consult your gynecologist. ...Read more

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During my surgery my doctore will know my cyst is not cancer or is cancer without take out ovary?

Potentially: There are some signs that most consistent with cancer. If the cyst appears simple & there are no other lab, exam findings or family history to indicate otherwise then removing just a cyst wall can be definitive and therapeutic. Depending on your age & what the doctor sees in surgery the doctor will make the decision if complete removal is needed. However complete removal is definitive. ...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