What if the cyst bothers me and I want it taken out?
If a cyst is very bothersome, your healthcare provider may drain it first. By applying local anesthesia to the skin and by using ultrasound to guide a needle into the cyst, the fluid can be removed and you may not have any more bothersome problems from it again. However, sometimes drained cysts will fill up again and when this happens, you may elect to have it removed surgically or you may leave it alone and see if it eventually goes away on its own.
Do cysts lead to cancer?
Nearly all “simple cysts” are just that - simple. They are almost never associated with a higher risk of cancer. The only possible exception in which a cyst might indicate a slightly elevated risk for cancer is when other risk factors for cancer, such as a strong family history, are already present.