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Does having breast, endometrial, and ovarian cancer in family history increase one's risk of endometriosis?
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Dr. Alfredo Nieves
Gynecology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Alfredo Nieves
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Dr. John Geisler
Gynecology - Oncology
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. John Geisler
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Dr. Liawaty Ho
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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2 comments
Dr. Nicholas Fogelson
There is actually an association between endometriosis and endometroid type ovarian cancer, though the vast majority of patients with endometriosis will not get cancer. A family history of cancer should not substantially effect the likelihood of a member having endometriosis though.
Dr. Liawaty Ho
thanks for the comment, Dr. Fogelson
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