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What does a cancerous cyst look like?

What does a cancerous cyst look like?

See below: This depends on the organ the cyst is in. I am assuming you're referring to ovarian cysts. If so they are more likely to be complex, with septations & nodules or solid component besides just the fluid component. This is similar to most other organs. Thyroid cysts, however are common and tend to bleed frequently, thus even if looking complex still more likely benign. Biopsy may be needed. ...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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I found lump on my pubic region it hurts when I touch it, its hard, its not itchy and no pus. It doesn't look like a cyst. Worried could b cancerous?

I found lump on my pubic region it hurts when I touch it, its hard, its not itchy and no pus. It doesn't look like a cyst. Worried could b cancerous?

Cysts on labia: Can get infected and need to be seen by someone that can determine need for culture, antibiotics or incision and drainage. It is very, very unlikely to be cancer. ...Read more

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What do fibroids & cysts look like on MRI? How would I be able to tell them apart from cancer? Getting an ultrasound but I would like some insight.

What do fibroids & cysts look like on MRI? How would I be able to tell them apart from cancer? Getting an ultrasound but I would like some insight.

Fibroids: Broadly speaking, there are 2 general types of sequences on MRI...called T1and T2. Fibroids are usually dark on both, cysts are dark on T1 and bright on T2. Fibroids usually have non uniform or heterogenous signal, cysts more uniform/homogeneous. Fibroids originate from the uterus, cysts usually from ovaries. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Would it be possible that a benign cyst be painful or are just cancerous cysts painful?

Would it be possible that a benign cyst be painful or are just cancerous cysts painful?

Yes and no: Benign cysts can definitely be painful, and cancerous cyst are not necessarily painful. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is a epididymitis cyst cancerous?

No: Simple retention cyst of epididymis is benign and of no significance if it is asymptomatic. Of course it needs to be established that it is a simple cyst and not sold mass or complex cyst. ...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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Can a cyst on an ovary turn cancerous?

Can a cyst on an ovary turn cancerous?

Yes: The vast majority of ovarian cysts are physiologic and result from ovulation. Over 95% of them resolve spontaneously. The 5% that don't resolve are of interest to clinicians. The risk of ovarian cancer in the us is 1:70 unless there is a family history in a first degree relative. Cysts that don't resolve deserve evaluation. ...Read more

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Please answer! What percentage of dentigerous cysts are cancerous?

Please answer! What percentage of dentigerous cysts are cancerous?

Essentially none: Dentigerous cysts (follicular cysts) are benign, non-inflammatory odontogenic cysts that are thought to be developmental in origin. They are the second most common odontogenic cysts after those related to the roots of the teeth They usually present in the 2nd to 4th decades of life and are rarely seen in childhood because they almost exclusively occur in the secondary phase of tooth development. ...Read more

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Could penile cancer look just like a cyst?

Could penile cancer look just like a cyst?

Probably not: Penile cancer looks alot more ulcerative and can have a wet appearance. As the cancer increases in size, it does not have characteristics of a cyst, which is typically round, soft, and mobile. ...Read more

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Can the hypoechoic&isochoic nodules&cysts in my thyroid be cancerous?

Can the hypoechoic&isochoic nodules&cysts in my thyroid be cancerous?

Not possible to say: It is not possible to say without seeing what they look like. Sometimes it is necessary to undergo additional tests to determine whether or not they are cancerous. Best talk to your doctor for guidance ...Read more

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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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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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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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What percent of dentigerous cysts are cancerous?

What percent of dentigerous cysts are cancerous?

Small percent.: Most dentigerous cysts are benign. If the cyst is completely removed, then you should be cured. Rare secondary cancers can arise in incompletely excised cysts. ...Read more

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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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Is sonomammogram able to know if you have cancerous cyst?

Is sonomammogram able to know if you have cancerous cyst?

No: Sonogram can distinguish between solid and cystic mass. It can also give you information about echogenicity, septation and boarders which sometime help characteristize the mass and describe it as highly suspicious for cancer or likely benign. A good pathology specimen is the only confirmatory test. ...Read more

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I was told I have a ovarian 1cm complex cyst with Hypervascularities. Does this mean it's cancerous?

I was told I have a ovarian 1cm complex cyst with Hypervascularities. Does this mean it's cancerous?

Slight possibility: Cystic lesions of the ovary smaller than 4-5 cm. Are usually benign. For those that may be converting to a malignant state the cystic component tends to become complex. Because angiogenic factors play a role in the malignant lesion, hypervascular components to this type of cystic structure raise questions as to transformation. Careful screening with MRI and observation is necessary. ...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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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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How likely is it for a calcified cyst in the kidney to become cancerous?

Stop worrying: This may be a little atherosclerotic aneurysm or a real epithelial cyst or calyceal diverticulum that's undergone dystrophic calcification. Unless the radiologist has expressed concern, I'd forget about it. Cancers arise from situations in which there's honest-to-goodness genetic damage and/or massive cell turnover. Neither's happening in a calcified cyst. ...Read more

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Can cysts on lungs be cancerous? Or what kind of disease could it be I have several of them

Cystic lung disease: Common cause would be emphysema, infection like tuberculosis, sarcoidosis and certain type of pneumonia.
Some rare genetic diseases can also have cystic features on imaging, With one cyst alone can not make diagnosis, associated clinical features, radiologic characteristics of the cyst and the remaining lung. Consult a Pulmonologist ...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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Is it rare to have sebaious cysts on the vagina? If so could they possibly be cancerous?

Is it rare to have sebaious cysts on the vagina? If so could they possibly be cancerous?

No: Sebaceous cyst occur very commonly around the vaginal area. They are not dangerous. They can be very annoying and uncomfortable. Watching, they are very easily treated. If this is a recurring problem you should probably discuss this with your gyn. ...Read more

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Family dr. Dx'd tiny Bartholin's cyst. He's unconcerned. Smaller than pea. Looks like fatty cyst. No pain, etc. Age 63 & read dangers of cancer. Very scared! Rare? Slow growing & aggressive? Thoughts?

Family dr. Dx'd tiny Bartholin's cyst. He's unconcerned. Smaller than pea. Looks like fatty cyst. No pain, etc. Age 63 & read dangers of cancer. Very scared! Rare? Slow growing & aggressive? Thoughts?

See a GYN: Bartholin's gland cysts are very rare when you are postmenopausal. I recommend you see a gynecologist to make sure that's actually what it is. Because if it is a bartholin's gland it should be removed so they can send it for pathology and make sure it isn't something like cancer. (cancer is rare, but any bartholin's gland in someone your age should be sent to rule out malignant processes). ...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