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.
No. Although endometriosis can spread locally with implantation throughout the pelvis, it is not a cancer like ovarian cancer which can multiply rapidly and spread not only in the pelvis but to adjacent structures and ultimately throughout the body.

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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...

I'm concerned I could have something serious going on like ovarian cancer. I had 3rd stage endometriosis at 14 and lately in the past 2 months iv gained 10 lbs I look prego and more symptoms?

23 yo w. "stage . 23 yo w. "stage 3 endometriosis" concerned for "ovarian cancer" needs to know women her age don't develop ovarian cancer & that "endometriosis" is theoretical disease absent firm pathological proof. She must demand pathological evidence & consult physician less endo-inclined/invasive oriented. Are symptoms iatrogenic due to adhesions/IBS from serial invasive laparoscopic procedures? Poor dear. . Read more...
Go see ur Family Doc. It may be as simple as pregnancy so take home pregnancy test. If negative, you need to see your Family Doc this week for complete evaluation & appropriate treatment. If positive, you still need to see Family Doc or OB for prenatal care or other options. Don't wait! Don't delay! Read more...

Hello I am awaitinf key hole surgey to get diagnosed with endometriosis and polysistic ovarian disease. Is tha ovarian cancer?

I assume keyhole. Means laparoscopy, at your age the liklihood of ovarian cancer is exceedingly uncommon. I would ask your doctor specifically what the inidcation for the surgery is. It is possible that your md wants to do the surgery becuase he is suspicious of endometriosis and wants to make a diagnosis...Polycytic ovarian disease is not cancer and is diagnosed by history and labwork. Read more...
No but --- At your age you should have very little concern for ovarian cancer. However, endometriosis and pcos are quite common at your age. There is no definite relationship between these three diagnoses. Read more...

Should a GYN do a biopsy to diagnose endometriosis? My Dr didn't do a biopsy and I'm concerned my symptoms are ovarian cancer.

Clarify plan. In order to do a biopsy to confirm Endometriosis your doctor will need to perform a surgery to allow entry into your abdominal cavity. This is called a laparoscopy. An endometrial biopsy can be done in the office but this samples the lining of the uterus and is not form endometriosis. If you are concerned about ovarian cancer then please see an Obgyn to clarify the symptoms and the evaluation plan. Read more...

Does having breast, endometrial, and ovarian cancer in family history increase one's risk of endometriosis?

Endo. Having family history of ovarian, colon and uterine cancer specially if these are first degree relatives will put you at risk for cancer not for endometriosis. I would recommend that you talk to your doctor and ask about a brca genetic testing to see if you are a carrier of the gene associated with these types of cancer. Read more...
Risk for cancer. It definitely, absolutely will increase your risk for certain cancers ( breast-ovarian cancer; perhaps also uterine/colon ca) - that is for sure. However i dont think there is relationship between those cancers to the increase risk for endometriosis. At this time, there is no clinical role for genetic studies for diagnosis or management of endometriosis. Read more...
Risk factors. No, however, there is new data coming out that having endometriosis can put you at a slightly higher risk of developing ovarian (or an ovarian-like) cancer. Read more...

What is a condition that has symptoms similar to endomitriosis other than ovarian cancer or cysts?

Adenomyosis. Patients with adenomyosis may have the same symptoms of menstrual pain and discomfort as patients with endometriosis. With adenomyosis, the abnormal areas burrow into the myometrium and may appear as abnormal areas on ultrasound. The most common way to evaluate the extent of disease is with a pelvic mri. Read more...

Is there a link between ovarian cancer and other cancers?

The genetic link is. Brca-2, a hereditary molecular factor that is linked to high incidence of both breast and ovary cancer. It is not common, but when present warrants oopherectomy without ca dx. Read more...

Can there be a link between breast cancer and ovarian cancer?

Hereditary Link. App. 10% of all cases of breast and ovarian ca in the us are of the hereditary type, many of which are associated with mutations in the brca genes. Women with brca mutations have a 60-70% lifetime risk of developing breast ca and a 15-40% chance of ovarian ca. Women with a strong family history of breast and/or ovarian ca may have a simple blood test to check for these mutations. Read more...
Yes, there can be. There are some genetic blood tests brca type. So far, there is brca i and brca 2. This doesn't mean you can't have an inherited form of breast ca and ovarian ca---as of now not yet discovered, and no blood test to determine a patient's risk. A woman can have breast and ovarian cancer and have negative genetic tests----we don't have all the answers yet. Read more...
Yes. Hereditary breast cancer increases your risk of both ovarian and breasts cancers. Read more...