Ovarian cyst cancer has always been difficult to detect as the presence of cysts seemed to not cause any physical symptoms, and so the cancer was often only discovered late into its development. "Therefore, individuals with ovarian cysts are often concerned with the question; "Do I have ovarian cyst cancer?"
I can tell you that statistics actually show that less than 1 in 10 of ovarian cysts are cancerous. Recent research has also claimed that the majority of ovarian cysts can be quite safe. However, a less than 1 in 10 chance of your cyst being cancerous is still a chance, and so it is important to find out exactly what form of cyst you have. The first step to take if you suspect that you may have an ovarian cyst, is to please go and talk to your doctor as only they can confirm either way.
Ovarian cysts often take the form of small sacs containing fluid. These form in the ovaries when the follicle that encases the eggs does not dissolve when an egg is released, or when the follicle does not let the egg become released. As you might suspect based on the above description, this is a very common occurrence. Virtually every woman will have this happen at least once in her lifetime. The majority of times, the problem will simply rectify itself by the follicle dissolving after sometime without causing any symptoms.
In some cases the faulty follicle can cause some pain and in some cases they can become complicated by rupturing and causing ovarian torsion. An ovarian torsion is a significant cause of lower abdomen pain in women.
If you experience either of these, either the follicle not dissolving or letting the egg be released, rest assured that these problems can be easily treated and also they are not causes of cancerous cysts. At the end of this article I show you a natural treatment for these complications that is less intrusive than other forms of treatment.
The other types of cysts that are less common are ones that contain solid matter, commonly known as complex ovarian cysts. Let's be clear and state that while not all cysts that have solid material in them lead to ovarian cyst cancer
, the presence of these solid materials does increase the chances that they might be cancerous.
Complex cysts, cysts with solid components in them, often need to be removed by surgery as the body us less likely to reabsorb them. The removal is done via a procedure known as laparoscopy. Laparoscopic surgery, also known as minimally invasive surgery (MIS) or keyhole surgery is a modern surgical technique that is done through small incisions as compared to larger incisions needed in traditional surgical procedures. Consequently, if your complex cyst is larger than 2.5 inches (6 cms) in diameter it can only be removed using traditional abdominal surgery.
Fortunately, only a small proportion of women have complex ovarian cysts and so do not require these types of surgery to deal with ovarian cysts.
There are a few symptoms you can look out for if you suspect that you may have an ovarian cyst.
- pelvic or abdominal pain
- trouble eating or feeling full quickly
- urinary symptoms, such as urgent or frequently needing to go
Any one of these symptoms in itself is not a tell-tale sign of an ovarian cyst. But if the above mentioned symptoms occur unexpectedly, increase quickly or happen daily for several weeks, I'd advise you to go and see your doctor.