Symptoms and Special Conditions


I came across this article today in Oncology News International.  For a long time, a septated ovarian cyst on your ultrasound meant you were having surgery.  The recommendations have now changed.  No longer do doctors need to immediately operate.   It now appears that most of the time, septated cysts are not cancerous.

There are some instances where cancer is more likely.  For example, if there is any solid material in the cyst, then surgery is necessary to test it.  Also, if there are any papillary projections (little finger like areas sticking out), then surgery is done.  Other than that, doctors are advised to watch the cyst on ultrasound.

In a test, 38.8% of these septated ovarian cysts resolved on their own.  10% of them were removed, with none of them being cancerous.

So complex septated ovarian cysts are not necessarily considered complex anymore.  There’s a good chance that it can be treated naturally and go away on its own, without invasive surgery.

Did you know that cattle experience a similar disease to polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)?  It’s called cystic ovarian disease, and affect a large number of cows, and a few pigs.

Example of Dairy CAFO
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Now, cattle are often treated with hormones to increase their milk production.  Could there a connection between this hormonal treatment and the prevalence of cystic ovarian disease?  It’s very possible.  And you could even extrapolate that to humans…

It would be interesting to see if nonhormonally treated dairy cattle experience this in a signicantly less percentage than those treated.  It would definitely be a case to see if the hormones entering our diet are causing the increase in ovarian cysts that we see today.

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