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Can I Get Cancer From Ovarian Cysts?

Author : Stan Cristian

It's scary because once you hear that you have ovarian cysts the first thing you think of is the worry of cancer. Many women ask this question as soon as they are aware of having an ovarian cysts and some wonder even before they are even diagnosed with an ovarian cysts.

But there is something that you need to know right now; the truth is ovarian cysts are very common and normally happen to woman who are at the age to have children. Most of the ovarian cysts woman get do not turn into cancer. In fact less then 1% of ovarian cysts out of 100,000 cases turned into cancer. Thus you getting cancer from an ovarian cyst is very unlikely.

As you can see this percentage is small and normally cancerous ovarian cysts actually like to hide most of the symptoms and show themselves after they are larger. Because of this it is important for a woman to notify her doctor right away if you might be having some ovarian cysts symptoms that don't seem to be going away or getting less intense over time. It is also a great idea to have examinations done yearly by your gynecologist to check for any polycystic ovaries, ovarian cysts and also to check for cancer cells in your body early.

The first test a doctor will use to decide if an ovarian cyst has cancer in it is a blood test called the CA-125. This test is highly recommended and normally can determine if the ovarian cyst is cancerous however some cancer inside the ovary does not produce enough CA - 125 in order for the test to be used and effective. Thus this test isn't always foolproof. Sometimes the test will find CA-125 inside the cyst but it may be caused by another health condition that is non-cancerous.

Most women don't know that ovarian cysts can cause cancer along with another possible life threatening complications. If the cyst start to develop more into PolyCystic Ovarian Syndrome (called PCOS for short).

If the ovarian cysts develop into PCOS then the following might also form:

• Diabetes
• Cardiovascular disease
• High blood pressure
• Pregnancy related problems
• Elevated LDL

As you can see from above ovarian cysts can cause cancer. However it is very rare that you will get cancer from ovarian cysts. However PCOS has been linked to a very imbalanced lifestyle that can cause women to eat the wrong kind of food and can ruin their likelihood of having children when they want to. If you want to make sure that you are healthy and can have children whenever you want to then you need to visit your doctor for a yearly check. If you begin to have symptoms of an ovarian cysts then visit your doctor sooner. The sooner you discover the problem the sooner you can find a solution for it.

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