Harvard Women's Health Watch

Does endometriosis increase cancer risk?

Ask the doctors Q. I have endometriosis, and I recently heard that it might increase my risk of certain cancers. Is this true? A. Researchers have linked endometriosis, an often painful condition that causes endometrial-like tissue to grow outside the uterus, to a higher risk of two types of ovarian cancer endometrioid and clear-cell subtypes. That said, even though your risk of these cancers may be higher than that…

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