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What is the difference between ovarian cyst and tumor?

What is the difference between ovarian cyst and tumor?

Any growth is tumor: A cyst is one type of tumor which, by definition is a fluid filled structure. This is different than a solid growth which is more often cancerous. But most ovarian cancers are cystic. So you should seek advice from your gynecologist and make sure this cyst is not cancerous(size matters in this regard....Benign cysts are small...2-4 cm in size...Bigger ones are more likely to be cancerous). ...Read more

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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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What is the difference between ovarian cysts, tumors and cancer?

What is the difference between ovarian cysts, tumors and cancer?

Lot of difference: Cyst are benign lesions containing fluid inside, cystocarcinomas also contain fluid inside are cancers which need to be differentiate from benign cyst, by test , by removal & microscopic examination.Some malignant tumors are solid not cystic . Go to your gynecologist. ...Read more

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What is the difference between cervical and ovarian cancer?

What is the difference between cervical and ovarian cancer?

Completely different: Ovarian cancer is cancer of the ovaries, which is usually sporadic or "non-family history" cancer, but can be in about 10-20% of cases. Cervical cancer is cancer of the uterine cervix which is the lower end of the uterus. This is at least partly caused by the Human Papilloma Virus. Pap and HPV testing is very good for cervical cancer screening, while there is no good ovarian cancer screening yet ...Read more

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What is the difference between cancer and a teratoma?

What is the difference between cancer and a teratoma?

CA & Teratoma: Teratoma is a tumor with more than one tissue or organ in it that are all normal, like teeth and hair. Tumor is just a mass or lump. CA is made up of cells that are no longer normal and that are rapidly dividing and growing. ...Read more

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What is the difference between ovarian torsion and rupture?D cyst

What is the difference between ovarian torsion and rupture?D cyst

Pain severity?: Many patients with twisted ovaries note that the pain makes it difficult to "laugh, talk, walk, breathe, or be touched in the abdomen". Ruptured cyst patients note a "moment of severe pain" which often passes after a few hours.A twised ovary requires immediate surgery 100% of the time and a ruptured cyst often does not. ...Read more

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What is the difference between breast cancer and a tumor?

What is the difference between breast cancer and a tumor?

Definitions: A tumor is a general term for a lump or mass in any location in the body. It can be cancerous or noncancerous. Breast cancer refers to malignant cells found in the breast. There are many benign/noncancerous tumors that can be found in the breast. Usually a needle biopsy is performed to determin if cancer is present. ...Read more

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What's the difference between testicular cancer and cysts?

What's the difference between testicular cancer and cysts?

Cysts vs cancer: Cancer is a growth of cells that once it gets started it won't stop. It is usually solid. A cyst is like a balloon full of water. Lots of people have cysts and they are a normal finding. ...Read more

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What is the difference between polycystic ovaries and ovarian cysts?

What is the difference between polycystic ovaries and ovarian cysts?

Good question: Pcos is a condition which patient may have multiple cysts in the ovary, irregular period, increased male hormone production, et al. Ovarian cyst is a very common condition which means a cyst present in the ovary. There are many kind of ovarian cysts, and most of them are benign and physiological. Pcos patients may have ovarian cysts, but patients with cyst usually do not have pcos. ...Read more

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What is the difference between breast cancer and simple lymph?

What is the difference between breast cancer and simple lymph?

Cancer v. Node: Lymph node is a structure in the body that screens lymph that is being drained from surrounding tissue against infection. Breast cancer is a collection of cells from breast ducts/lobules (usually) that have become immortal and often rapidly proliferative whereby they invade surrounding tissues depriving normal cells the ability to co-exist. Cancer cells may find their way to nearby lymph nodes. ...Read more

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What is the difference between maligant and a benign cancer?

What is the difference between maligant and a  benign cancer?

Overall course.: There are many differences between benign and malignant tumors. A benign tumor is often well differentiated, looks almost normal, and does not spread. A malignant lesion is usually poorly differentiated, ominous looking, and spreads to other sites by blood, lymphatics, and directly. It has a very bad course, and results many times in death unless aggressive treatment is done. ...Read more

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What is the different between cyst and nodule?

What is the different between cyst and nodule?

Solid versus Cystic: It is easy to separate the two by ct scan. Cysts are invariably benign, but a nodule being a solid structure can be cancerous. ...Read more

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What is the difference between ovarian torsion and rupture? Is it the same thing?

What is the difference between ovarian torsion and rupture? Is it the same thing?

Not the same: Ovarian torsion caused by twisting on blood vessels & usually fallopian tube cutting off blood supply to ovary. Partial cause could be ovarian cyst. Can be diagnosed by ultrasound & corrected laparoscopically. Ovarian rupture is ruptured corpus luteum cyst, also very painful.Possible internal hemorrhage. Temporize if minor not if severe. Both t&r conditons present with abdominal pain & vomiting. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a ovarian follicle and an ovarian cyst. And how can you tell the difference?

What is the difference between a ovarian follicle and an ovarian cyst. And how can you tell the difference?

Can be the same: A developing ovarian follicle is actually cystic, so all follicles are cysts, but not all cysts are follicles. Most follicles are small so the biggest differentiating factor is size and consistency. If a cyst is large (>7cm) or causing pain it needs to be further evaluated ...Read more

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What is the difference between a hernia and testicle cancer?

What is the difference between a hernia and testicle cancer?

Different Exam: An inguinal hernia is a hole in the groin muscles thru which a sac may protrude through, occasionally extending into the scrotal sac, next to the testicle. A testicular cancer presents as a growth within the testicle. These two abnormalities can be easily differentiated from one another by a careful physician examination. ...Read more

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What is the difference between uterine and cervical cancer?

What is the difference between uterine and cervical cancer?

Uterine cancer: The cervix is the opening of the womb (uterus). Most uterine cancers are from the lining of the uterus (the endometrium). They are treated by different types of hysterectomy ...Read more

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What is the difference between adenomyosis and endometriosis?

What is the difference between adenomyosis and endometriosis?

Same process: The uterus is made up of a thin lining and a much thicker muscular portion. The lining is called the endometrium. When these cells are found outside the uterus, it is endometriosis. When these lining cells are located deep to the lining but still inside the uterus that is adenomyosis. Simply put, adenomyosis is endometriosis that involves the uterus (below the lining). ...Read more

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What is the difference between malignant and benign cancers?

What is the difference between malignant and benign cancers?

Cancer: There are benign tumors (grow but don't spread) and malignant tumors (grow and spread to other parts). These last ones are cancers. There is no such thing as a benign cancer even though some behave less aggressively than others. ...Read more

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Doctors, what is the difference between a cyst and tumor on an ultrasound?

Doctors, what is the difference between a cyst and tumor on an ultrasound?

Ultrasound: A simple cyst is generally a rounded, thin walled structure filled with uncomplicated fluid..it will look like a black circle on US. A neoplasm may be cystic, but may have a thicker or irregular wall, internal solid components or septations, along with fluid. It may be completely solid too. Infrequently there is some overlap of features and it may be difficult to tell the difference. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a colon cancer and intestinal cancer?

What is the difference between a colon cancer and intestinal cancer?

Location, Incidence: Colon cancer arises from a site involving the large intestine commonly called the colon (ascending, transverse, descending, sigmoid). Intestinal cancer usually refers to small intestinal cancer that arises from the duodenum, jejunum or ileum. Colon cancer is much more common compared to cancer arising from the small intestines which is considered rare. ...Read more

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What is the difference between ovarian cysts, tumors and cancer?

Lot of difference: Cyst are benign lesions containing fluid inside, cystocarcinomas also contain fluid inside are cancers which need to be differentiate from benign cyst, by test , by removal & microscopic examination.Some malignant tumors are solid not cystic . Go to your gynecologist. ...Read more

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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.

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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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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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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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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Can benign ovarian cyst turn into cancer?

Can benign ovarian cyst turn into cancer?

No: I qualify that saying anything possible in medicine. Benign means just that. There are pre cancerous lesions so one has to be careful when telling a pt something is benign. If your doc is careful he will never say benign if there is some even remote possibility of cancer later. That is the way i practiced anyway. I hope whoever said that to you is careful!. Always be vigilant watching it! ...Read more

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Benign ovarian cyst can turn into cancer?

Benign ovarian cyst can turn into cancer?

Not likely: Do you know that the cyst is benign? It not possible to know that without removing the cyst and having it examined by a pathologist. Benign and malignant cysts may look the same on imaging. Bening cysts do not turn into malignant ones, and certainly not once those are removed. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of ovarian cysts/cancer?

Early on none...: Symptoms of ovarian cancer may include: abdominal bloating, pelvic discomfort or pain, persistent indigestion or nausea, changes in bowel habits such as constipation, changes in bladder habits including a frequent need to urinate, loss of appetite or quickly feeling full, increased abdominal girth or clothes fitting tighter around your waist. Early in the course there many be no symptoms. ...Read more

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How can I distinguish between ovarian cyst or cancer!?

How can I distinguish between ovarian cyst or cancer!?

Can be difficult: Although imaging studies like ultrasound and ct are helpful sometimes the only way to rule out cancer is to undergo surgery. We are pretty good at figuring out which cysts need surgery right away compared with those that we can watch and see if they resolve on their own. ...Read more

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Is that possible to have ovarian cyst or cancer while I'm on Pill? I have thought OC reduces the risk.

Possible: Ovarian cysts are quite common and often harmless. Pill does not prevent the development of ovarian cancer, even if it may help in reducing the incidence on a population basis. ...Read more

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What to do if I have ovarian cysts that sometimes require me like these more prone to ovarian cancers?

What to do if I have ovarian cysts that sometimes require me like these more prone to ovarian cancers?

Not really: Ovarian cysts are common but nearly all them are benign. But Ovarian cancer can also begin like a cyst and then grow steadily to a large mass. Therefore your cysts do need some monitoring for one or two years just to be sure that they are not growing substantially.This can be done by your gynecologist by using an Ultrasound test. ...Read more

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Its saying I have symptoms of ovarian cyst cancer and i've have pain for four years now .Do I have the chance ?

Its saying I have symptoms of ovarian cyst cancer and i've have pain for four years now .Do I have the chance ?

Unlikely: Having " ovarian cyst cancer " for four years is unlikely diagnosis, ovarian cancers do not have any symptoms in early stages, please see your gyn doctor, after examination and tests (sono , pap ) etc will take away your fear of 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

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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Ovarian Cyst (Definition)

A growth (often balloon like) on an ovary. It is often thin walled ...Read more