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Cancer-associated Mutations Found in Endometriosis

Cancer-associated Mutations Found in Endometriosis

 Image from Zoe Buckman's 'Mostly It's Just Uncomfortable'

Image from Zoe Buckman's 'Mostly It's Just Uncomfortable'

Scientists in Vancover have recently discovered cancer-causing gene mutations in deep-infiltrating endometriosis (though these cells are non-cancerous). Cancer linked to endometriosis is incredibly rare, and has only been associated with ovarian cancer and in very low numbers, yet those who have the condition know it spreads and grows in similar ways. In fact, when I met a specialist for my last surgery, he was so enraged and infuriated by the pain I was in he said that endometriosis is just like cancer, spreading and destroying lives in its path.

The study was conducted on a number of women who have deep infiltrating endometriosis only, which is regarded as having a next to no risk of developing into cancer. Though to many, this may at first be scary news, it is in a huge step forward in our journey to understanding endometriosis and how to treat it.

"These mutations are a first step in understanding the breadth of symptoms and outcomes that affect every woman with endometriosis differently. Finally, we have a roadmap towards finding better treatments." - Dr Anglesio

For more information on the study, you can read the findings here and there's a more accessible version of the discovery on Endometriosis.Org and Medical Daily.

Why Are We Looking into How Endometriosis Affects Men's Sex Lives And Not Women's?

Why Are We Looking into How Endometriosis Affects Men's Sex Lives And Not Women's?

Worldwide Endometriosis Infographic

Worldwide Endometriosis Infographic