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