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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?

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

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Can hemorrhagic cyst cause ovarian cancer?

Can hemorrhagic cyst cause ovarian cancer?

Unlikely: Hemorrhage occurs routinely in the cyst formed at ovulation. While a hemorrhagic cyst can be the result of a cancer, hemorrhagic cyst, per se, does not cause cancer. ...Read more

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How do ovarian cancer and ovarian cyst differ?

Malignant/Benign: Ovarian cancer is a serious malignant tumor and can be fatal on the other hand the ovarian cysts are benign tumors which may or may not need ant treatment. ...Read more

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How do you know if your ovarian cyst is going to ovarian cancer?

Chances remote: All women have cysts on their ovarys as they produce eggs. The overwhelming majority regress spontaneously. If one does not on serial ultrasounds, an aspiration(sucking out some of the fluid in the cyst) can be done under ultrasound or ct guidance/. ...Read more

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How to determine when your ovarian cyst is going to ovarian cancer?

How to determine when your ovarian cyst is going to ovarian cancer?

Ovarian Cyst/cancer: Ovarian cysts can develop into ovarian cancer over a very long time but not all ovarian cysts will become cancers. Simple cysts are rarely cancers regardless of the size. However, it there are abnormal areas within the cyst or it stays around for a long period of time, it needs to be evaluated. Serial ultrasounds are a good may to monitor the size and appearance and other markers are helpful too. ...Read more

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Hi a week ago i was diagnosed with a8 cm ovarian cyst but have been doing some online reading and i have all the symptoms of ovarian cancer should i b?

Hi a week ago i was diagnosed with a8 cm ovarian cyst but have been doing some online reading and i have all the symptoms of ovarian cancer should i b?

Stop doing this : If your radiologist is confident that this is not cancer, trust them. You may request reading by another radiologist. The symptoms of ovarian cancer are nonspecific and even spastic colon can be a ringer. Don't symptom-match using the internet. You will trouble yourself and not help your care in any way. Read up instead on what cysts really are. ...Read more

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What is a condition that has symptoms similar to endomitriosis other than ovarian cancer or cysts?

Adenomyosis: Patients with adenomyosis may have the same symptoms of menstrual pain and discomfort as patients with endometriosis. With adenomyosis, the abnormal areas burrow into the myometrium and may appear as abnormal areas on ultrasound. The most common way to evaluate the extent of disease is with a pelvic mri. ...Read more

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TVU results normal. And for the past 9months I have been experiencing many symptoms of Ovarian cancer. should the TVU be reliable? (No cysts/mass)

TVU results normal. And for the past 9months I have been experiencing many symptoms of Ovarian cancer.  should the TVU be reliable? (No cysts/mass)

Yes: There are no specific symptoms of ovarian cancer. If TVU results are normal, you should not worry about ovarian cancer. You may consult this site for information on this topic: https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/ovarian/index.htm For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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Do ovarian cysts always lead to ovarian cancer?

Most cysts benign: The majority of ovarian cysts, often related to the follicle, where the egg is stored, are benign. Ovarian cysts are very rarely malignant. However, any discovered ovarian cyst should be closely evaluated. ...Read more

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How are an ovarian cyst and ovarian cancer different?

Benign&Malignant: Ovarian cysts are benign fluid filled sacs in the ovaries.Some custs can become cancerous ovarian cancer is a malignant tumor of ovaries and is a serious condition often with poor prognosis requiring surgery, chemotherapy and sometime radiation therapy. ...Read more

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How do you know when your ovarian cyst is becoming to ovarian cancer?

Talk to your doc: Most cysts are completely benign and do not turn to cancer. In fact, cysts form normally during a woman's cycle. There are certain characteristics of ovarian cysts that can be seen on ultrasound or other studies that suggest they are benign and are not cancerous. Talk to your doctor to learn more about the specifics of your condition. ...Read more

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I have a complex cyst that contains a daughter cyst, 4.7cm. My mom passed from ovarian cancer at 49, im 39. What is this and should I be worried? Thx

I have a complex cyst that contains a daughter cyst, 4.7cm. My mom passed from ovarian cancer at 49, im 39. What is this and should I be worried? Thx

Go to see gyn: See your gynecologist / a gyne oncologist for further eval on the complex cyst. Especially with a family history positive for ovarian cancer at relatively young age now you have a complex cyst- an agressive approach has to be done . If the cyst has enlarged and looks concerning- a biopsy/ surgical resection need to be done by an experienced gyne/gyne-onc. Do you know if your mother had brca 1/2 ? ...Read more

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I have ovarian cysts on my both ovaries. still I am twenty. My CA 125 count is 478 . is it a ovarian cancer?

I have ovarian cysts on my both ovaries. still I am twenty.  My CA 125 count is 478 . is it a ovarian cancer?

Unlikely but needs m: Any mass(even a cyst) if it is growing and gets to be over 5-6 CM has to be suspect for ovarian cancer. So you need a good gynecologist who can examine and check your ovaries periodically(like every 3 months). CA 125 can be high even in benign conditions unless it is rising rapidly and gets up to be.500 units. This should be checked periodically at 3 month intervals along with the Ultrrasound . ...Read more

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Could I have an ovarian cysts or ovarian cancer?

Could I have an ovarian cysts or ovarian cancer?

Maybe: If a female has questionable ovarian pathology a pelvic exam is useful because ovaries can be palpated for the most part. If noted, workup should continue. A pelvic sonogram can also tell whether a simple or complex cyst is present or a solid lesion of ovary is present and that laparoscopic removal is needed. ...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


Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Ovarian Cancer (Definition)

A typically silend cancer which ...Read more