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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
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
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?
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
Dark circle: Benign cysts appear as dark black spheres, a cancerous lump would be bright white and solid. ...Read more
Yes and no: Benign cysts can definitely be painful, and cancerous cyst are not necessarily painful. Good luck. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
How common are "a typical simple kidney cysts"mine is 1cm? &what is the % of them being cancerous or become cancerous? &for how long should I follow it?
My sister was diagnosed with a renal complex cyst and im wondering if a complex cyst means its cancerous all the time or there's a chance it could be b?
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
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
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
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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