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Doctor insights on: Can Benign Breast Cysts 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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Can breast cysts be malignant?

Can breast cysts be malignant?

Usually not: Cysts are not known to turn into cancer and do not always need treating once the diagnosis has been confirmed. Where treatment is needed, it typically involves draining the fluid from the cyst. http://patient.info/health/breast-lumps ...Read more

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Will a benign breast lump become malignant or cancerous?

Will a benign breast lump become malignant or cancerous?

It depends: There are many different kinds of benign tumors in the breast. Hyperplasia, dysplasia, dcis and lcis are known to progress to cancer. It is more rare with other benign lumps. ...Read more

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Can complex cysts in breasts become cancerous?

Can complex cysts in breasts become cancerous?

Yes sometimes: Most cysts are benign and remain so. Occasionally Cancer can grow from inside a cyst. So it the cysts in getting bigger, it is a good idea to get it excised and check it out microscopically. ...Read more

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Will a fibroadenoma benign tumor in my breast become malignant?

Will a fibroadenoma benign tumor in my breast become malignant?

No: Fibroadenomas are the most common breast tumor. Excision is not necessary unless there are features that would suggest a rare variant of fibroadenomas, called phyllodes tumors. Despite this, some women will still opt for excision due to the size of the tumor and/or fear surrounding constantly feeling a lump in one's breast. If reassurance fails, the surgery itself is quite minimal. ...Read more

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Can a benign solid lump become malignant?

Uncommonly: It is not feasible to give a yes or no answer, as different lumps behave differently. It would be prudent to see a doctor for an evaluation of the lump. ...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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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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Uterine benign miomas can turn malign?

Uterine benign miomas can turn malign?

Uterine leiomyomas: Uterine myomas are most often benign. In very rare incidences in a setting of very rapidly growing myomas the bar of suspicion for malignancy must be raised. ...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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Could benign tumors become malignant?

Could benign tumors become malignant?

Depends on situation: There is a middle ground between the common idea of benign (never harmful) and malignant (always harmful). Conditions like tuberous sclerosis can generate tumors that become destructive because of there location, like in the brain or heart. They don't have to travel there like some cancers, they can just pop up anywhere ; interfere with normal tissue. ...Read more

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Can breast lumps be non-cancerous?

Can breast lumps be non-cancerous?

Yes: Lumps can be caused by cysts and benign solid lesions such as fibroadenomas. The only way to tell the difference between these and cancers is to get mammograms and ultrasound examinations of the lumpy areas. When there is still a question, a needle biopsy or aspiration is done to make sure. ...Read more

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Can mural nodules in ovarian cyst be benign?

Can mural nodules in ovarian cyst be benign?

Can be benign: Ovarian cystic mural noduls could be benign - fibroadenomas, could have borderline potential and can be malignant. Carefull pathologic/ microscopic evaluation needed.Eva. ...Read more

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Can benign thyroid nodule become malignant?

Can benign thyroid nodule become malignant?

Well...: A thyroid nodule is technically not "benign" unless it's surgically removed and the pathologist found no cancer in the specimen. A nodule that is still in your neck could still be cancerous despite a "benign" biopsy because not all of the nodule is cancerous. Sometime it's just a speck that is cancerous and was missed during the biopsy. That's why it's important to continue to follow the nodule. ...Read more

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Can septated renal cyst become cancerous?

Can septated renal cyst become cancerous?

Unlikely: But you should keep track of it with Ultrasound once or twice about a year apart to check for any change in size...just to be sure. ...Read more

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How often do ovarian tumors become cancerous?

How often do ovarian tumors become cancerous?

Clinicopath. correla: One of the most important clinical features is the age of the patient. Approximately one of eight ovarian tumors in patients less than 45 year of age is malignant; by contrast, in older women, the proportion is about one of three. The single most common ovarian tumor, the mature cystic teratoma, dermoid cyst-benign tumor, is encountered at all ages. Clinicopathologic correlation is important. ...Read more

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Fibrocystic breast disease- can the cysts burst?

Fibrocystic breast disease- can the  cysts burst?

No: Breast cysts may be firm or painful. Many will resolve after the menstrual cycle. Needs an exam and ultrasound to be sure it is a cyst. Can have office needle aspiration to remove the fluid if the cyst persists or gets larger. ...Read more

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Can an epididymal cyst turn cancerous?

Can an epididymal cyst turn cancerous?

Epididymal cyst: Epididymal cyst is a benign cyst and does not turn into cancer. It might grow though and in that case it might cause some testicualr discomfort. Regular exams ( twice a year) is the way to follow it up. ...Read more

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Are non cancerous breast tumors painful or painless?

Are non cancerous breast tumors painful or painless?

Either/Or: A common misconception is that if a woman has a tender, painful lump in their breast, it is unlikely to be cancer. While it is true that many women with breast cancer do not have breast pain, the presence of pain does not exclude cancer as the cause. Bottom line: a new lump in the breast, painful or not, warrants medical evaluation. ...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