A new study warns women living with the disorder endometriosis are at higher risk of developing ovarian cancer.
Researchers reveal it is a common long-term condition that affects one in ten women. While the risk of ovarian cancer is high, the same is not necessarily true for womb and cervical cancer.
For the study, scientists from China examined 25 various studies. Four of the studies were conducted in Taiwan, eight in the US, three in Australia, three in Sweden and two in Demark. One study from Canada, Japan, The Netherlands and Spain were also reviewed. The goal of the studies was different. 23 looked into the risks linked between endometriosis and ovarian cancer, while nine investigated endometrial cancer and three examined cervical cancer.
The results showed women with endometriosis were twice as likely to develop ovarian cancer. The team revealed a "growing number of recent studies have supported the notion that endometriosis represents the initial stage of tumour progression".
Because the ovary is a big target of endometriosis it can result in cancer. Endometriosis "exhibits some molecular similarities with cancer," stated the study. The findings suggest endometriosis plays a huge role in the progression of tumour formation. Reproductive issues, obesity and type 2 diabetes are major contributors of endometriosis and ovarian cancer.
Researchers urge women to get checked regularly, especially if the disease is found in your family history.