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How to really know the difference between ovarian cysts and ovarian cancer? Search engines are freaking me out on the subject.

How to really know the difference between ovarian cysts and ovarian cancer? Search engines are freaking me out on the subject.

Ca125: Ca125 is a blood test frequently elevated in ovarian cancer, not elevated in cyst. An ultrasound will also show characterists of benign vs cancer but if persisting may need to be removed. ...Read more

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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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Can a CT show difference between ovarian cyst and ovarian cancer?

Can a CT show difference between ovarian cyst and ovarian cancer?

Depends.: A cystic ovarian lesion can be a benign cyst or a cystic neoplasm. Even a benign cyst can be difficult to diagnose on ct if it has blood (hemorrhagic) or debris inside it. A ct may not be able to discern a hemorrhagic cyst from a solid tumor. A cyst with a growth along its wall may be suspicious. An ultrasound may be useful. Short term follow may tell if the cyst resolve/improve. ...Read more

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Does a CT show a difference between ovarian cyst and ovarian cancer?

Ovarian cancer: A ct of the abdomen and pelvis can give clues but surgery gives the only answers. In general, ovarian cancers are larger, more complex, often involve the omentum and lymph nodes. Ascites (excessive fluid in the abdomen) is often seen on ct also. ...Read more

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Ct found ovarian cystic mass, does that mean a cyst. Can a CT scan tell the difference between a cyst and tumor? Worried about ovarian cancer.

Not necessarily: Ultrasound would be a more accurate test to evaluate the contents of an ovarian cyst. Ovarian cysts are common findings. You should see your gynecologist. ...Read more

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Is there a difference in symptoms associated with ovarian cysts and ovarian cancer?

Difficult : Difficult to discern just by symptoms, needs an evaluation by a physician to work up in detail. ...Read more

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I have a cyst that 4 cm. I was on bc to shrink it. But instead I gained weight. Should I b concerned about ovarian cancer?

I have a cyst that 4 cm. I was on bc to shrink it. But instead I gained weight. Should I b concerned about ovarian cancer?

No.: Ovarian cysts are a very common finding in young women. They do not predispose to ovarian cancer. Some risk factors for ovarian cancer include never having been pregnant, women treated with hormone therapy (like estrogen), and genetics (such as a brca mutation). ...Read more

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How to tell if it's ovarian cancer or just a cyst?

How to tell if it's ovarian cancer or just a cyst?

It's complicated: And takes many years if school/ residency and then fellowship training to be an expert in such matters. The answer is beyond the realm of health tap. ...Read more

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Is there evidence showing if the bigger the cyst more chances of it being ovarian cancer?

Is there evidence showing if the bigger the cyst more chances of it being ovarian cancer?

Complex, but no: Some of the largest ovarian cystic tumors are benign, so there is no simple rule about size versus malignancy. For more information if you have a cyst and are worried, consult your gynecologist. ...Read more

Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Ovarian Cancer (Definition)

It is a cancer which arises from the ovary. This cancer is typically silent, producing little or no symptoms till it spreads, first into the pelvic area and later into the peritoneal cavity leading to fluid accumulation(ascites) which is often the first symptom. Despite its late presentation, there is a reasonable treatment for it, with some long term survivors even ...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