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Can Endometriosis Be Cancerous
Will endometriosis turn into cancer? Is there any risk that the cysts or adhesions I have because of endometriosis are cancerous?
No: Endometriosis is not a precancerous condition, although, it does act like a cancer would, though. It may spread around the abdominal cavity, but it doesn't cause death or intoxication like cancer would. It is one of the major causes of infertility and chronic abdominal and/or pelvic pain. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Two theories.: Endometriosis is most strongly linked to ovarian cancer. One theory for this association is that there are common risk factors for endometriosis and ovarian cancer to co-occur. The other is that endometrial cells that have spread from the uterus to the ovary can transform into cancer cells via gene mutation. However, it is generally thought that endometriosis is not a direct precursor to cancer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Endometriosis and reproductive cancer run in my family. Will that have a detrimental effect on my reproductive system?
Maybe: That is difficult to predict. Some women with endometriosis have infertility and pelvic pain and other have no problems. Reproductive cancer can for obvious reasons disrupt childbearing but most cancers occur after women typically have children. So in general you should speak to you doctor about your individual risks and understand what you may do to protect yourself. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I'm trying to determine if I have symptoms of endometriosis, or endometrial cancer. There are some overlapping symptoms.
Not really.: This is from presence and proliferation of the endometrium cells outside of the uterus. They can even deposit on the ovary. Complications, like adhesions, pelvic cysts, and chocolate cysts of the ovary occur. Use of oral contraceptives can lower the risk of this as well as that of ovarian cancer, but aside from this, no connection between this and ovarian cancer is known. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See below: Usually ovarian cancer presents with few to no symptoms until advanced stages. Usually patients complain of early satiety (feeling full after only eating a small amount), weight loss, increased waist size, bloating , and constipation. Endometriosis presents with complaints of pelvic pain and discomfort. Rarely ovarian cancer arises from endometriosis and symptoms overlap. ...Read more
Endometriosis: No. Endometriosis is the abnormal presence of endometrium (see microscopy picture) outside of the inner uterine cavity. The tissue deposits on the ovaries, fallopian tubes and surrounding organs causing scarring, infertility and pain. Proper diagnosis is established by laparoscopic exam and sampling of the suspicious tissue. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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