Ovarian cysts are common features in ovaries of women. In fact, they are mostly functional and benign (non-cancerous) in nature, causing no complications, except some additional pain during a woman's menstrual cycle. However, some complicated ovarian cysts tend to become cancerous, and so should be checked on a regular basis.
In the earlier days, doctors suspecting cancerous cysts in the ovary routinely advised surgical removal of the ovary, as a result of which, the patient became infertile. However, things have changed now and monitoring of the cyst through ultrasound and blood test can tell the difference between a cancerous and benign cyst within a woman's ovary.
The process for checking includes tests for a protein called CA125 in the blood whose level usually rises in women with ovarian cancer. Nevertheless, this is not a specific test for metastases, since CA125 can also rise on account of several other issues relating to:
· Pelvic or abdominal infections
· Ovarian cysts
· Hepatic condition
Apart from the above, there are few more guidelines for detecting malignant ovarian cysts that include:
· Size of the cyst
· How the cyst looks like on a scan
· If they change in shape and size over time
Besides, the risk of developing malignancy appears to be rather low with smaller cysts as against larger and complicated cysts.
In any case, holistic remedies usually take care of cancerous ovarian cysts in a fairly positive way. While natural PCOS treatments and also conventional therapies can also help, but they mainly target the symptoms and not the root causes. And so, the ovarian cyst often returns, even after the symptoms have gone away. Permanent relief can be achieved only from holistic remedies.