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Ovarian Cysts and Cancer – Does Having a Cyst Lead to Cancer?

Ovarian cysts and cancer are two very distinct albeit worrisome concerns. It is possible, and even common, for a woman to have ovarian cysts and in the majority of cases they are benign. Cysts on ovaries and cancer are both are the result of compromised cells and the complications of ovarian cysts can still be cause for concern even though the cysts are benign.

It is important to remember that ovarian cysts and cancer are not one and the same. Having a cyst does not lead to cancer although it is possible for a benign cyst to develop cancer. Some cysts have indicators which point to a greater likelihood of cancer development and will either be removed or monitored.

If a woman suspects, or experiences symptoms of ovarian cysts and/or cancer she should consult a medical professional without delay.

Cysts On Ovaries and Cancer FAQ

If I have a cyst do I have cancer?

No, benign (harmless) cysts are very common. Only a small percentage of women with cysts will be diagnosed with cancer.

Can ovarian cancer spread to other parts of the body?

Yes, this is why early detection is so important. Cancers caught in the early stages are successfully treated with a 90% survival rate. The prognosis for ovarian cancer which has spread is significantly worse and the survival rate is quite low.

Can smoking cause cysts on ovaries and cancer?

Smoking causes cancer. There is no known co-relation between smoking and benign cysts but the relation between smoking and cancer is of course very well known. Smoking is definitely a risk factor for cancer.

Can I prevent ovarian cysts and cancer by taking supplements?

Supplements will certainly do no harm. Foods rich in antioxidants are believed to have the ability to stave off and possibly diminish cancer cells. A diet rich in fresh vegetables and fruit (especially berries) will provide a good antioxidant reserve. It is less certain whether supplements can contribute to the prevention of cysts on your ovaries. Some experts attribute the development of these cysts at least partially to stress; a healthy diet and exercise will also help to bring down stress levels.

Most ovarian cysts are harmless and often symptoms do not even occur. Ovarian cysts can cause severe and sudden pain as a result of bleeding into the cyst, rapid growth and stretching, rupture or twisting of the cyst. Although these cysts can become cancerous, it occurs very rarely and if detected early, is easily treatable.