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Endometriosis and reproductive cancer run in my family. Will that have a detrimental effect on my reproductive system?

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 more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Is endometriosis related to ovarian cancer? Is there any link between them?

Is endometriosis related to ovarian cancer? Is there any link between them?

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 more

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Is there a difference in symptoms between endometriosis and ovarian cancer? If so, what are they?

Is there a difference in symptoms between endometriosis and ovarian cancer? If so, what are they?

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

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I'm trying to determine if I have symptoms of endometriosis, or endometrial cancer. There are some overlapping symptoms.

I'm trying to determine if I have symptoms of endometriosis, or endometrial cancer.  There are some overlapping symptoms.

No telling: If you have symptoms that suggest endometrial cancer to you, even a physician will probably not be able to make the call without imaging and perhaps a biopsy. Your life is too valuable for guesswork. Please get seen. ...Read more

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Can endometriosis cause cancer?

Can endometriosis cause cancer?

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 more

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What are the causes of endometriosis to develop into cancer?

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 more

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Endometriosis or bowel cancer, how to tell?

Endometriosis or bowel cancer, how to tell?

Whether intraluminal: Endometriosis representing implants of endometrial tissue on various structures of the peritoneal cavity enlarge with hormone changes causing symptoms related to where they are present. Bowel cancer is an intraluminal lesion that can be defined if in colon, by colonoscopy and biopsy. ...Read more

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Can u determine if a woman has endometriosis with a cervical cancer biopsy?

Can u determine if a woman has endometriosis with a cervical cancer biopsy?

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 more

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Dr. Michael Traub
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Endometriosis (Definition)

An abnormal condition where some endometrial tissue, which is lining tissue of the uterus, is located outside the uterus. The displaced tissue, just like the tissue lining the uterus, bleeds during each menstrual cycle. Endometriosis can be very painful, and can result ...Read more