Worldwide, more than 89 million women are affected by endometriosis; the chronic, painful hormonal and immune disease contributes to a greater risk for three types of cancer, according to the Endometriosis Association.
It raises the risk by two or three times of women developing clear-cell ovarian cancer, endometrioid cancer and low-grade serious ovarian cancer (all sub groups of invasive epithelial ovarian cancer), according to a study published in "Lancet." Other research shows that endometriosis contributes to a dozen types of cancer.
The association urges women to be vigilant to symptoms -- constipation, flatulence, water retention, pain, abdominal swelling, a frequent need to urinate, nausea, and abdominal discomfort. "Endometriosis: The Complete Reference for Taking Charge of Your Health" is published by the association.
For more information, contact the association at 414-355-2200 or endo@EndometriosisAssn.org.
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