Is endometriosis as bad as cancer?
Although endometriosis has the potential to impact everyday life, it is not cancerous. While some studies have demonstrated an increase in risk of certain types of cancers in those with endometriosis, the increase in risk is not much higher than those who do not experience the condition.
There’s no research that links the two together. In fact, endometriosis doesn’t carry an increased risk for most other types of gynecological cancer, either. That includes endometrial cancer, despite the linked names. And there’s no genetic trait associated with endometriosis that could lead to cancer.
Why is endometriosis not considered cancer?
Endometriosis is a non-cancerous disorder that occurs when tissue lining the inside of the uterus, known as the endometrium, appears in other parts of the body. It usually is found in the lower abdomen or pelvis but can appear in virtually any organ or tissue.
Is endometriosis more common than cancer?
Although ovarian cancer occurs at higher rates in women with endometriosis, the overall lifetime risk is low to begin with. Some studies suggest that endometriosis increases that risk, but it’s still relatively low.
What happens if you leave endometriosis untreated?
If left untreated, severe endometriosis can result in infertility. Endometriosis can also increase your risk for certain cancers.
Can endometriosis be seen on ultrasound?
A standard ultrasound imaging test won’t definitively tell your doctor whether you have endometriosis, but it can identify cysts associated with endometriosis (endometriomas).
Can endometriosis cause cervical cancer?
Women who had endometriosis present on the ovary had the highest risk of ovarian cancer. This study also found that women with endometriosis had higher risks of breast, brain and endocrine cancers, such as cancers of the pituitary or thyroid glands, but a reduced risk of cervical cancer.
Can endometriosis cause other health problems?
Sept. 26, 2002 — Women with endometriosis are at increased risk for a host of other diseases including chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple sclerosis, lupus, underactive thyroid, and rheumatoid arthritis, according to new government findings.
Can endometriosis be cured completely?
There is no cure for endometriosis. Hormone therapy or taking out tissue with laparoscopic surgery can ease pain. But pain often returns within a year or two.