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What are the chances of getting cancer from a pilonidal cyst after having it for about 2.5 years?

Also which type of doctor should take a look at it?
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hmmm I don't even know what that is.  Me thinks I'll look it up.
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okay

I quickly read through three websites--one was for a support group of those having had these.  The worst thing I saw was that they can recur.  I didn't see any mention of any complications other than maybe the wound not healing well after it was removed. 
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okay

I quickly read through three websites--one was for a support group of those having had these.  The worst thing I saw was that they can recur.  I didn't see any mention of any complications other than maybe the wound not healing well after it was removed.

"Malignant change is a relatively rare complication of pilonidal disease[8], but evidence of at least 50 such cases is available in published medical literature. The most common scenario is of squamous cell carcinoma arising after decades of antecedent pilonidal disease. Its pathophysiology is uncertain, but the ongoing processes of tissue damage and repair in the presence of chronic inflammation may be implicated[9]. Malignancy arising in a chronic wound seems to have a worse prognosis than cutaneous malignancies arising de novo on the skin, hence early detection is imperative[9]. Although malignancy is a rare complication, it is a significant risk to young men and a more sinister reason why, besides discomfort and inconvenience, pilonidal disease should be taken seriously and sufferers encouraged to seek medical help. "

http://www.worldwidewounds.com/2003/december/Miller/Pilonidal-Sinus.html
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so there have been 50 cases of this rare complication with this type cyst with the type cancer being the squamous cell carcinoma.  From my reading about skin cancers--squamous cell is the second most common with the first being basal cell.  Squamous cell carcinoma rarely causes further problems when caught and treated early.  So I think that if this is something that is at all possible, then you should have your derm look at the area where the cyst was yearly OR if you see any changes. 

I know how hard it is not to get upset about the even possiblity of a cancer, but it sounds like this complication is pretty remote.  All you can do is be aware of any possible changes and take care of it if it occurs. 
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so there have been 50 cases of this rare complication with this type cyst with the type cancer being the squamous cell carcinoma.  From my reading about skin cancers--squamous cell is the second most common with the first being basal cell.  Squamous cell carcinoma rarely causes further problems when caught and treated early.  So I think that if this is something that is at all possible, then you should have your derm look at the area where the cyst was yearly OR if you see any changes. 

I know how hard it is not to get upset about the even possiblity of a cancer, but it sounds like this complication is pretty remote.  All you can do is be aware of any possible changes and take care of it if it occurs.

I'm starting to wonder if it's something something that only people with hiv get...

http://www.springerlink.com/content/b3q27450565w7142/
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maybe feared.   

in any event I don't think this is something you should be overly concerned about. 

Although reading about the cyst--sure can spoil an appetite.   :sick0002: :winking0008:
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So does anyone else have some thoughts on this. I'm worried about it.
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hmm that weird, this artical doesn't mention anything about this cyst being cancerous.

http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Cysts_explained
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So yeah I had this cyst for about 2.5 years.

It doesn't hurt, and it leaks sometimes.

The skin above where the cyst is a normal color.

It looks about it's about .5'' - .75'' wide and about 1'' - 1.5'' long.
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