Docs urge women not to fear ovarian cysts or rush into surgery after Kate Beckinsale’s rupture scare
DOCS are urging women not to fear ovarian cysts, following the Kate Beckinsale health scare.
The Hollywood A-lister was taken to hospital when she had one that ruptured last month.
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But researchers at Imperial College London found there is usually a one in 500 chance of the fluid-filled sacs bursting.
The findings came after a two-year study of 2,000 women with benign cysts.
They warned against “unnecessary” surgery which risks complications after finding 80 per cent of cysts fixed themselves. Only 0.4 per cent developed into ovarian cancer.
LESS SURGERY FOR NON-CANCEROUS OVARIAN CYSTS
The experts recommended a “watchful waiting” alternative to surgery that involves regular monitoring with ultrasound scans.
Lead researcher Professor Tom Bourne, from Imperial College London, said: “Our results may lead to a paradigm shift resulting in less surgery for non-cancerous ovarian cysts on condition that trained ultrasound examiners reliably exclude cancer.”
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Ovarian cysts are fluid-filled sacs that develop in a woman’s ovary.
They are common and typically cause no symptoms, but in some cases can trigger pelvic pain and bloating.
Some ovarian cysts turn out to be cancerous tumours and have to be surgically removed.
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