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1/16/2018They found a complex cyst in my left breast. The report states it looks benign. I have a sister who had breast cancer and my mom sister passed away from breast cancer. My other sister had a complex cyst removed but it was benign. Could this cyst turn to cancer and should I be worried. The report wording worries me a little when it says looks benign and doesn't say it is benign.
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1/16/2018A cyst is fluid filled, whereas a cancerous tumor is solid. Because of your family history, best to stay well followed. They may want to do an ultrasound to be sure. It's possible you can have the cyst aspirated. The report says it looks benign, but the only exact way to tell is by doing a breast biopsy to sample the tissue and send to pathology. Also, they can do a Fine Needle Aspiration (FNA) and send the fluid for analysis. Try not to worry! You should consider genetic testing due to having two first-line relatives with breast cancer.

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