Ovarian cysts may not lead to cancer: study

Finding ovarian cysts on an ultrasound scan isn’t a cancer sentence for women who are middle-aged and older. Women with so-called “inclusion cysts” weren’t at higher risk for ovarian cancer or, for that matter, breast or endometrial tumors, researchers found.

Data for the new study came from the Ovarian Cancer Screening, which includes more than 200,000 women aged 50 to 74 years. About half of those are getting ultrasound screening exams at regular intervals. In the first year, screening identified 1,234 women with inclusion cysts, and 22,914 with normal ovaries, according to the report. The results add to evidence challenging the long-held belief that such cysts, which are sacs filled with fluid or other soft tissue, would trigger cancer. Read more…

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