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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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I have fibrocyctic breast beign cysts all my life can they turn into cancer? I get mammograms every year.

I have fibrocyctic breast beign cysts all my life can they turn into cancer? I get mammograms every year.

No: Fibrocystic change doesn't increase your risk. If you examine the breast closely, somewhere between 99% and 101% of women have these changes at some time. There are some other proliferative changes that put you at some extra risk, but what you're describing isn't worrisome. I hope you also do self-exam. Best wishes.

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What do benign cysts look like on a breast ultrasound, opposed to a cancerous lump?

What do benign cysts look like on a breast ultrasound, opposed to a cancerous lump?

Dark circle: Benign cysts appear as dark black spheres, a cancerous lump would be bright white and solid.

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Mri biopsy of 6cm non mass : variable fibroadipose tissue and a tiny cyst lined by epocrine metaplasia. Is this benign breast disease or missed cancer?

Mri biopsy of 6cm non mass : variable fibroadipose tissue and a tiny cyst lined by epocrine metaplasia. Is this benign breast disease or missed cancer?

Report: is consistent with current changes in your breast tissue. This is not cancer; however, requires very careful repeat examination and imaging with tight follow up.

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2 cysts found in breast w/previous cancer.Ultrasound said benign .Should I seek further testing or 2nd opinion?

2 cysts found in breast w/previous cancer.Ultrasound said benign .Should I seek further testing or 2nd opinion?

Talk to your doc: If they are well visualized simple cysts, the chance of malignancy is essentially zero. Asymptomatic simple cysts require no treatment. If they are "complex" cysts, meaning they have irregular or thick walls, septations, or other features making them suspicious, further evaluation may be necessary. So it depends what kind of cysts they are. If they were coded as "benign", they are prob simple

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Breast ultrasound shows 2 cysts in each breast. 1 with debri.. She said she sees no cancer all is benign and to come back in 6 months. Should i worry?

Breast ultrasound shows 2 cysts in each breast. 1 with debri.. She said she sees no cancer all is benign and to come back in 6 months. Should i worry?

According to: ACR guidelines those findings don't require any follow-up, so your doctor is probably just being cautious. You don't need to worry, the chance of malignancy is well below 1 percent, and close to zero.

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Breast ultrasound showed 4 tiny cysts 3 with debri. Doctor said all is benign she sees no cancer . She made it a birad 3 extremely worried should I be?

Breast ultrasound showed 4 tiny cysts 3 with debri. Doctor said all is benign she sees no cancer . She made it a birad 3 extremely worried should I be?

Probably not. : Birads 3 means probably benign, for a 6 mo. Follow-up. One cyst with debris may be questionable. Multiple suggests a benign process. While this sounds most likely benign and nothing to worry about, if you continue to have concerns, ask your md to get a second opinion, or a follow-up ultrasound in 3 mos. Biopsy would not appear to be indicated at the present time.

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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.

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Are Breast Complex Cyst sign of Cancer?

Are Breast Complex Cyst sign of Cancer?

Complex breast cyst: Most breast cysts are benign. Your doctor can decide if a stereotactic needle biopsy is needed.

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Fluid taken of cyst in breast is red mean cancer?

Fluid taken of cyst in breast is red mean cancer?

No: The color of the fluid does not indicate a malignancy. Breast cysts are rarely cancerous. The aspiration is done for a variety of very good reasons like lumps etc..

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Which is the percent of probability than a breast cyst change in cancer? Thanks

Which is the percent of probability than a breast cyst change in cancer? Thanks

Very little to none: Fibrocystic disease is very common in young woman , itself is not premalignant , but has slightly higher incidence of cancer , cyst itself will not turn to cancer

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Is it possible for a breast apocrine cyst to turn cancerous following core biopsy?

Is it possible for a breast apocrine cyst to turn cancerous following core biopsy?

Not due to Biopsy: Doing a biopsy of any tumor does not change its nature. So you do not have to worry about the biopsy causing breast Cancer. it will reveal what you already have: either a benign condition or Cancer. This is determined by examination of the biopsy material(tissue) under the microscope. Good luck

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Had breast cyst since age 16 US every year was told nothing changed now 22 should I be concerned about this turning into cancer?

Had breast cyst since age 16 US every year was told nothing changed now 22 should I be concerned about this turning into cancer?

Every woman has: to be concerned to develop breast cancer , you are no exception with benign breast cysts , incidence is slightly higher than those who has no fibrocystic disease . Best option is follow the instructions of your doctor , go for regular follow up visits At 22 incidence is very very low , than some one at 62 age is no exception for cancer.

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I had fibroadenoma in 2009. In 2013 i found a cyst in the same breast. Are these risk factors for cancer? A cyst can degenerate ? Thanks

Cysts are harmless: Simple cysts of the breast are harmless and "degeneration" has nothing to do with malignant change. Having had a fibroadenoma does put you at slightly greater statistical lifetime risk for breast cancer, but you'd simply do well to keep up surveillance, not ignoring self-exams. You mention abdominal obesity, fitness and weight loss may help you reduce your risk as well. Best wishes.

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Cystic mass in right breast measures 3.4 x 3.0 x 2.3 mm and on left 3.0 x 3.8 x 3.0 mm, got cancer history on both sides, should i be worried?

Cystic mass  in right breast measures 3.4 x 3.0 x 2.3 mm and on left 3.0 x 3.8 x 3.0 mm, got cancer history on both sides, should i be worried?

Probably not.: Tiny cysts are common incidental findings on ultrasound. If they were characterized as "simple" cysts, or classified as BIRADS category 2(benign), they likely need no further evaluation or follow up.

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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