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Can a dermoid cyst become cancerous if not removed?

Can a dermoid cyst become cancerous if not removed?

Yes but rare: Majority of dermoid cysts of ovary are benign , 1% - 2% of the can transform to malignancy usually squamous cell type. ...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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Is a dermoid cyst cancerous?

Is a dermoid cyst cancerous?

Rarely: Please find out how the diagnosis was made. If the whole mass has been removed, you should be fine. ...Read more

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How likely is a dermoid cyst going to be cancerous? Just had one removed

How likely is a dermoid cyst going to be cancerous? Just had one removed

1-2%: It is rare for a mature cystic teratoma (dermoid cyst) to become cancer but there is a 1-2% risk associated. ...Read more

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Have cysts that are dermoid cysts in ovaries, what are the dangers of these cysts and can they become cancerous and how do they develop?

Have cysts that are dermoid cysts in ovaries, what are the dangers of these cysts and can they become cancerous and how do they develop?

Dermoid: They can grow very large, then rupture or torse. They are benign tumors (mature teratoma, ) they are not cancerous but complications are still possible if untreated. There is no short answer to how they develop, surgery is always the correct treatment. ...Read more

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Is it likely that my small ovarian dermoid cyst could turn cancerous from the pelvic ct scan I had to look at it?

Is it likely that my small ovarian dermoid cyst could turn cancerous from the pelvic ct scan I had to look at it?

No: One CT scan (CAT scan) does not turn a cyst into a cancerous cyst. If a cyst were to be found cancerous, it would be cancerous by its own destiny and not by a CT scan. ...Read more

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Total hysterectomy at 32 for bilateral dermoid cysts. On estradiol HRT. Told its safe and no breast cancer risk with estrogen only? Is this true?

Total hysterectomy at 32 for bilateral dermoid cysts. On estradiol HRT. Told its safe and no breast cancer risk with estrogen only? Is this true?

I would agree: Your surgeon ie breast surgeon ,if you had one may not agree.I would say that at this point in your life the benefits outweigh the risks,especially if you don't have a breAst cancer history in your family.The problem with having surgical menopause at such a young age , is genitourinary atrophy and bone loss.It also affects libido ...Read more

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My 9 mo old has a lump near temple since birth dr finally agreed to order u/s; dr thinks it is a dermoid cyst. Should MRI or CT be done to rule out tumor and cancer?

My 9 mo old has a lump near temple since birth   dr finally agreed to order u/s; dr thinks it is a dermoid cyst.  Should MRI or CT be done to rule out tumor and cancer?

Follow your heart: A knot present since birth is not going to be a cancer and a dermoid is considered a benign tumor. A MRI or ct are not going to give you more data than you have already. You would get more info from having a piece of the cyst removed and studied. This can sometimes be approached from behind a hairline or through the brow. Your doc can suggest a good cosmetic surgeon. ...Read more

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Is a ovarian dermoid cyst baby?

Is a ovarian dermoid cyst baby?

No: Dermoid is caused by stem cells which have been present in your body since you were an embryo. These stem cells grow and form a tumor. It is not a baby and never will be a baby. ...Read more

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What causes ovarian dermoid cysts?

What causes ovarian dermoid cysts?

Not known!: Hello, we don't know why ovaries make their cysts. Seems that they are a very active organ, what with making eggs and hormones, and sometimes the egg-making cells just overgrow and become a dermoid cyst, complete with hair, skin, and other cells that the 'germ cell' (egg producing cell) has in it's potential. Wierd, huh! they are benign, but don't go away without surgery, and can be recurrent. ...Read more

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What causes an ovarian dermoid cyst?

What causes an ovarian dermoid cyst?

Embryonic cells: Ectodermal embryonic cells enclosed into the ovary at early formation "get activated" later in life producing dermoid cysts, that can contain hair and teeth when surgically removed and opened. ...Read more

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How much does a 7 CM dermoid cyst weigh?

How much does a 7 CM dermoid cyst weigh?

Removal: is best option rather than waiting, as they can twist and cause complications , few them could be malignant , speak to your gynecologist and take the advise. ...Read more

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Does a small dermoid cyst affect fertility?

Does a small dermoid cyst affect fertility?

Generally not: Some very large dermoids create significant mechanical irritation in the pelvis and perhaps this is could cause problems but no, a dermoid wont be a problem for fertility. Conversely, we often find dermoids when a woman becomes pregnant and we do an ultrasound. ...Read more

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If a dermoid cyst bursts what are the risks?

If a dermoid cyst bursts what are the risks?

Infection: If a sebaceous cyst ruptures, there is more risk that it will become infected. Ideally, sebaceous cysts should usually be excised before they get so large that they rupture. If they get infected, they should usually be surgically drained and packed with gauze to control the infection. Antibiotics usually are needed. Surgical excision is often advisable after control of the infection. ...Read more

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Likelihood of a ovarian dermoid cyst returning?

Likelihood of a ovarian dermoid cyst returning?

Very low: These are benign; if they are taken out by the laparoscope there's a few percent chance of their needing to be taken again by laparoscope; if laparotomy is performed, recurrence would be very unlikely, though it's a bigger and more difficult procedure for the patient. ...Read more

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What are the signs and symptoms of a dermoid cyst?

What are the signs and symptoms of a dermoid cyst?

Lump under skin: A dermoid cyst usually looks like a lump underneath the skin. Sometimes in the middle there is a little pit. Occasionally dermoid cysts get infected and look red and enflamed. Antibiotics or surgical drainage is necessary in this situation. ...Read more

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What is a dermoid cyst? And why would a one year old get one?

What is a dermoid cyst? And why would a one year old get one?

Sack: A dermis cyst is a sack like structure under the skin. It is produced during fetal development when skin structures are trapped under the skin. There is not an exact cause. ...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


Dermoid Cyst (Definition)

It is a cystic type of teratoma that may contain developed skin with hair follicles, hair and sweat glands, sometimes some sebum, blood, fat, bone, nails, ...Read more