Cysts are a very common occurrence in just about any living organism. They are sac type structures that may or may not be visible outside the body. These cysts, or lumps, are filled with a variety of different substances and they can be located in just about any place on the human body. Most cysts will remain small in size and may dissolve on their own. Other cysts will grow larger and you may need help to remove them.
There are many different life conditions that can cause a cyst to occur. These conditions can be anything from a virus to an infection or even genetic causes. The more major concerns of having any type of lump in the body is that of cancer. While some cysts can be visible to the naked eye or even felt with the hands, others need a more diagnostic type of testing, such as that of an x-ray or MRI to detect them. Common places that a lump may arise and are cause for further examination are the breasts, neck, and groin areas. While these are the most common places that serious types of cysts may form, there are some that cannot be seen or felt that are just as serious.
Most lumps, or cysts, found in the body tends to be of the benign variety. This means that they are harmless and may leave on their own. A doctor will take a sample of the lump to be sure that it is harmless in nature. Malignant types of cysts will need to be examined, usually through a biopsy where part of the cyst or liquid from it is removed through a surgical process, and further removal procedures will follow. Depending on the examination of the cysts, the patient may need to undergo radiation treatments after the lump has been removed from the body. This will help to keep further lumps from forming at a later time.