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Can endometriosis cause cancer?

Can endometriosis cause cancer

The Answer

“Can endometriosis cause cancer?” the question is daunting but the answer is; it’s actually pretty rare for this to happen. It’s known that ovarian cancer happens at a high rate in women who have endometriosis, but overall, the risk is extremely low. Although studies say that endometriosis increases that risk, keep in mind that as I said, it is pretty rare! So let’s go into detail about what endometriosis really is, what’s causing your symptoms, getting a diagnoses, why some may think it causes cancer, and lastly what causes endometriosis.

What is endometriosis?

Endometriosis is known as a chronic, progressive disorder that causes discomfort or pain for many woman in their pelvic area, lower back or even abdomen. So how does it cause this kind of pain? Well, tissue that ordinarily lines the inside of the uterus, known as the endometrium, starts to grow outside of your uterus. This causes your fallopian tubes to have a bigger possibility of being completely blocked and this can even cause a block to your ovaries. The pain can be pretty painful or uncomfortable, and the pain and discomfort can get even worse during your period. It’s even possible for the disorder to cause bowel and ureteral obstruction. Many risk factors that increase your chance of getting Endometriosis include higher levels of estrogen, heavier or shorter periods, a later menopause and beginning your period at an early age. Symptoms also include cramps on the lower back and abdomen. This is because your lower back and abdomen are near your ovaries and uterus. Unfortunately this can have an effect on your nerves that connect to your groin, legs and hips. Don’t worry, you’re not alone, one hundred and seventy six woman in the world have endometriosis. That’s just about 1 out of 10 woman. (usually the age range is from 15 to about 49) Although Endometriosis can last for years or even a lifetime, it is treatable.

What’s Causing my Symptoms?

Although the exact cause of Endometriosis is unknown, experts have said that causes of this disorder might include a weakened immune system, increase in hormones, a hysterectomy or c-section and retrograde menstruation. It also has been known to be inherited in genes. A woman who has a close relative with Endometriosis is more likely to get endometriosis herself.

Getting a Diagnosis

For both Endometriosis and Endometrial cancer, you will have to get examined by a doctor and they’ll most likely ask for your full medical history and description of the symptoms you’re experiencing.  Depending on if you have either of the two, you might need to get an X-ray, ultrasound, MRI, CT scan or PET scan. Lastly, once you’ve done a scan you’ll need to get a biopsy. A biopsy includes The doctor sending a small camera and tool through a tube that goes into your belly or from your vagina into the uterus to take samples from your tissue and being examined through the camera under a microscope. Then you will be treated from where you stand.

Why Many Think it Causes Cancer

When you think of Endometriosis, you probably think of Endometrial Cancer. The two are not related, but the reason why many believe, despite the studies, that this condition is linked to this cancer is the name, for obvious reasons. In all reality this cancer is seen in less than one percent of all woman who have Endometriosis. Though pelvic pain is a well-known symptom of endometrial cancer, it’s also one of the main symptoms of endometriosis, which, as stated before, is extremely rare for anyone to end up with endometrial cancer. There’s no genetic trait related with endometriosis that could lead to cancer, but many misdiagnose themselves or go straight to thinking that they have cancer because fear takes over. You shouldn’t be worried at all, but if you’re having a lot of anxiety about it, see a doctor. The reason why many people are worried is most likely because endometriosis is related to the functioning of your cells and hormones. So it’s normal to think that it should be linked to cancer, but it’s not. Instead of worrying about that one percent chance, you should focus on how to treat your endometriosis.

This article is not intended to provide specific medical advice or replace advice from your health practitioner. It’s written to be educational and provide information.

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