Endometriosis may be linked to ovarian cancer – but it’s not all bad news

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A newly identified genetic link between the two disorders could enable targeted treatments for both.


(Jamie Priest/ Cosmos Magazine) — Endometriosis is a chronic disease that affects the health of one in women of reproductive age, in which tissue similar to the uterus lining grows in other parts of the body, such as the bladder or bowel.

It’s thought to be the cause of up to half of all unexplained infertility, and in some cases can cause pain so severe that sufferers are entirely incapacitated.

Worryingly, a number of studies have suggested that endometriosis sufferers may also carry a greater risk of developing ovarian cancer – but a causal link between the two reproductive disorders has remained elusive. (…)

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