Dermoid Cyst - Is it Cancer?

by jerri
(carson ms)

I have a cyst called a dermoid cyst. I want to know how doctors don't know when they cut my stomach open that its not gone turn into cancer, or spread. I know some people say once you have them they can come back. Well I had a 10 pound tumor when I was13. I'm 34 now. I wanna know can it turn into a tumor!!!!

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Editor's comments: A dermoid cyst is mainly fat but can also contain a mix of different tissues. They are often small and usually don’t cause symptoms. Very rarely, they become large and rupture, causing bleeding into the abdomen, which is a medical emergency.

Dermoid cysts are usually not cancerous.

The severity and frequency of ovarian or other cysts can be reduced by eating a very healthy diet.

A recent study from the Institute of Research Pharmacology in Italy analyzed the diet over a ten-year span of 225 women with benign ovarian cysts and 450 women who did not have ovarian cysts.

The researchers discovered that the type of food eaten influenced the development of cysts. For example, they said that women who consumed the most beef and cheese developed the most ovarian cysts. In contrast, consumption of green vegetables provided a strong protective effect. This study makes it clear that what you eat will influence whether or not you develop ovarian cysts.

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by: Anonymous

Hi!
I wanted to comment on what is posted about your diet being a reason you would develop dermoid cysts. I am 30 years old and have been battling dermoid cysts for 12 years now.

I have been through multiple surgeries and am about to go for another. I eat primarily vegetables and I rarely eat meat or cheese. I personally don't like either.

I just want to show that maybe in the study you say was done that's what you found but my situation is not that at all.

I don't believe that diet has anything to do with why one woman would develop dermoid cysts over another. Thanks!

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Editor's comments: Thanks for your feedback!

I believe the study we cited was for ordinary ovarian cysts, otherwise known as functional or physiologic cysts, not specifically for dermoid cysts.

I don't know the cause(s) of recurrent dermoid cysts. If anyone does know the cause and the best treatment, please post a comment here.

In any chronic condition, healthy diet is only one factor of many.



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