I've had a complex ovarian cyst for two years or more. Should I worry?

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It's going on two years since I've had this cyst, possibly more but undetected.  Different cancers run in my family including breast cancer on both sides.  Not sures which types, but either way I have my risk factors.  I've been told the cyst should go away on it's own, and if not then we'll just keep watching it.  But I've read stories that even small tumors turned out to be cancer.  Last time it was checked it was 2.5 cm.  First time it was checked it was I think 1.3cm.  So it did grow.  I can feel tightness now when I stretch, and about two weeks ago I had a small rupture.  Should I just surgically get this removed or am I being paranoid?

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    Hi Roxy- I have read that cysts of 2-5cms they monitor them with regulat ultrasound scans, My two are 5cms and 8cms so I have to have a hysterectomy- because of age (74) I feel great but this just showed on a routine scan for cystitis in Dec. It was a worrysome Xmas and I find out more next Monday. They won't know either if they're cancerous or not until after the op,but my blood test was good and CT scan didn't show any spread. If I were you I would ask to be referred to a specialist and write down all your worries beforehand and ask the questions which worry you- because what is routine for doctors  is a very anxious time for you and you have a right to know especially with your family history. Take a friend/relative and fight your corner- you are worth it xxand no you're not paranoid xx
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    You deserve peace of mind so get reffered to a gynaecologist or if you already have one make an appointment with them. Write down your questions and take two copies with you, one to give them (I did and it is now part of my notes), and one for yourself, the advice to take someone with you is also a good one.

    I would like to reassure you that this is slow growing and it is the fast growing ones they are more concerned about.

    No you're not paranoid, you're human

    Big hugs

    Taz xxx

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    Thank you both for your replies.  I have been seeing a gynocologist.  I put the surgery off because of work, and being behind on bills.  But I can tell the cyst has grown.  They're not worried and think I'm too young to be worried.  I've read one too many stories of women years younger than me having ovarian cancer. I'm 29yrs old.  I think maybe I will just remove it.  Just curious.  Does anyone know that had cancer from a cyst being smaller than 5cm?
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      I don't personally and have not read of any, however to properly discuss this contact the MyOvacome helpline 02072996650. It is manned by nurses with personal experience of ovarian cancer. They are lovely and very helpful.
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