Hello and welcome to HCM,
Ovarian cysts are of two types- benign and malignant.
Benign cysts are non-neoplastic and do not metastasize to distant sites.
Malignant cysts are neoplastic, and can metastasize to distant sites. They have poor prognosis and they shorten the life span of those affected, Management requires removal of the cyst..
However, benign cysts do not affect the survival of those affected.
Benign cyst can be simple or complex.
Simple cysts are unilocular and do not have septae.Complex cysts
are multilocular and contain septae.
Complex cysts also behave in similar manner as the simple cysts.
At 60 years of age you can get them removed or if you want to avoid surgery, you can keep them as they are.
If they are asymptomatic, surgery can be avoided.
It is totally your discretion.
Even if the cysts are not removed, they are harmless however, you need to be on regular follow up.
A family history of breast cancer
in the family increases the incidence of breast cancer in the children also.
Thanks and take care
Dr Shailja P Wahal