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Endometriosis is associated with an increased risk of ovarian cancer, study shows

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e1363 (Published 24 February 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e1363
  1. Anand Sundaralingam
  1. 1London

Women who have endometriosis are substantially more likely to develop three distinct histological subtypes of ovarian cancer: clear cell, endometrioid, and low grade serous, research in Lancet Oncology shows (doi:10.1016/S1470-2045(11)70404-1).

Previous studies have shown an association between endometriosis and invasive epithelial ovarian cancer (the most fatal malignancy of the female reproductive system) but have failed to characterise the relation.

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