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Doctor insights on: Can Sebaceous Cysts Become Cancerous

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Can sebaceous cyst be cancerous or a tumor?

Can sebaceous cyst be cancerous or a tumor?

Why do you ask?: Cancer very rarely arises in these. If you have one that you would like removed, go ahead and it won't be a source of further worry.

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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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How are sebaceous cysts treated? How are the average sebaceous cysts commonly treated? .

How are sebaceous cysts treated? How are the average sebaceous cysts commonly treated? .

Typically: Typically they are surgically removed and submitted for microscopic diagnosis by a specialist. Depending upon their location and size it may be done under local or general anesthesia.

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Can sebaceous cysts bleed?

Can sebaceous cysts bleed?

Unusual: Can bleed if the infection ruptures thru skin but you may want to have it seen to make sure it is just a cyst. If so, a surgeon can excise it for you

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Have a sebaceous cyst removed?

Have a sebaceous cyst removed?

Generally yes: In most instances you should have these removed because removal after infection may be very difficult. However a few patients may have a large number of these which makes removal impractical.

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Does sebaceous cyst removal hurt?

Does sebaceous cyst removal hurt?

Local Anesthesia: For patients undergoing sebeceous cyst removal we start with a local anesthetic cream, followed by a local anesthetic injection. This is very well tolerated. After surgery the majority of patients do not require any pain killers afterward, if they do tylenol (acetaminophen) is usually sufficient.

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Sebaceous cyst inflamed dangerous?

Sebaceous cyst inflamed dangerous?

Not really but..: Abx will NOT cure a sebaceous cyst. They can help clear the infection and surrounding cellulitis that can occur when the cyst becomes infected.. ... but not the cyst itself. The cyst needs to be removed if bothering you. If not bothering you can be safely watched.

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What can I do for a sebaceous cyst?

What can I do for a sebaceous cyst?

See your doctor: It should be opened and drained, especially if it shows any signs of infection (tenderness, draining, heat). If it's not draining or painful and you don't mind the look of it it can be watched (if indeed this is a correct diagnosis).

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Can you die from a sebaceous cyst?

Can you die from a sebaceous cyst?

Yes and no: A sebaceous cyst by itself is not going to kill you, but should it get infected very badly, it can lead to sepsis, which in turn can lead to death. Good luck from nyc.

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How can I deal with sebaceous cyst?

How can I deal with sebaceous cyst?

Excision: To simply open the cyst and pull out the sebum is not adequate You have to remove the cyst its casing and the sebaceous gland and duct. If not the cyst will return

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How long will a sebaceous cyst heal?

How long will a sebaceous cyst heal?

After surgery.: 2 weeks on body or scalp. 1 week on face. Also size dependent.

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What does a sebaceous cyst look like?

What does a sebaceous cyst look like?

Outgrowths: They appear as growths from the skin surface and may feel soft or hard. Sometimes they may already be draining whitish material which is tooth paste consistency and may have an odor.

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How can I test sebaceous cyst at home?

How can I test sebaceous cyst at home?

Well...: Not sure of your question but your doctor will be able to tell you if it's a sebaceous cyst.

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Sebaceous cyst will it pop on its own?

Sebaceous cyst will it pop on its own?

Depends: Abx will NOT cure a sebaceous cyst. They can help clear the infection and surrounding cellulitis that can occur when the cyst becomes infected.. ... but not the cyst itself. The cyst needs to be removed if bothering you. If not bothering you can be safely watched.

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How can I treat sebaceous cyst at home?

How can I treat sebaceous cyst at home?

Cant: To simply open and drain it is not adequate it will grow back It must be excised and the sac its in removed as well

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What are the causes of a sebaceous cyst?

What are the causes of a sebaceous cyst?

Deep trapped skin...: They are caused by skin surface cells trapped beneath the skin's surface, usually due to minor trauma. These cells continually shed, increasing the size of the cyst (more accurately an epithelial inclusion cyst.) removal is generally a minor surgical procedure, but requires total removal of the cyst wall to prevent recurrence of the cyst.

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Can getting a sebaceous cyst removed hurt?

Minor procedure: Really, the only part that smarts a little is the injection of the Lidocaine to numb the area. Once that's done, the cyst can be removed painlessly. Recovery is not painful either.

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What are the symptoms of a sebaceous cyst?

What are the symptoms of a sebaceous cyst?

Mobile mass attached: Sebaceous cysts originate within the skin and are therefore attached over the mass. There is a layer of fat underneath the cyst that makes them movable. If the cyst ruptures under the skin, scar tissue forms and can initiate an inflammatory response. This will reduce their mobility and make them more difficult to remove.

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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


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Sebaceous Cyst (Definition)

Sebaceous cyst develop when the drainage is blocked and then it keep enlarging due to sebum forming. It may ...Read more