By MiShaun Taylor
Endometriosis is a common condition that affects 5.5 million women. Although it is a very common ailment and the leading cause of pelvic pain in females, very little is actually known about endometriosis.
Endometriosis is not the same as endometrial cancer. Although it is a painful condition, it is not a deadly condition. If treated, the pain associated with Endometriosis can be managed through prescribed medications. However, women who are diagnosed with endometriosis should make sure that they regularly see their doctor from that point forward in order to ensure continued good health.
One of the leading concerns regarding endometriosis is the possible link between Endometriosis and the development of certain types of cancer. One of the reasons for this concern stems from the fact that endometrial cells behave like cancer cells through cell invasion and unrestrained growth. Researchers have also found that endometriosis results in the development of new blood vessels, and it also decreases the level of apoptosis the cells experience. All of these similarities to cancer have caused researchers to investigate the link between endometriosis and cancer since1925.
There is no conclusive proof that Endometriosis is a precursor to developing cancer later on in life. However, recent research points to a possible connection between endometriosis and cancer. Women who have been diagnosed with endometriosis are most likely than women who have not been diagnosed with endometriosis to develop brain, breast, endocrine, and ovarian cancer. Doctors acknowledge that their risk is higher, but not yet understand the connection between the two conditions.
Women who have endometriosis experience deceased fertility. This can also lead to infertility, which is linked to ovarian cancer. Studies have proven that a woman’s risk of developing ovarian cancer later on in life is reduced by 20% with every successful pregnancy. Because these women are less likely to have successful pregnancies, their risk for ovarian cancer is increased as a result.
Women who suffer from endometriosis can be treated with medication. This medication is most often in the form of a birth control pill or other hormonal supplement. However, some cases of endometriosis require surgery. This is usually in the form of a full hysterectomy. Women who have these surgeries, especially hysterectomies, have a significantly reduced risk of developing various cancers later on in life.
Many of the symptoms of endometriosis, such as abnormal menstrual cycles, pelvic pain, vomiting, and nausea, are also symptoms of ovarian cancer. In fact, many women who go to the doctor believing they may have ovarian cancer are found to have endometriosis instead. This is another reason why many people believe there may be a strong link between endometriosis and ovarian cancer.
A diagnosis of endometriosis does not necessarily mean that a woman will be diagnosed with cancer later on in her life. It does mean, however, that the woman should be more vigilant about her health and make she is getting the best possible care. This will ensure that the woman will live a long and healthy life.