Finding out Contributed by tristelle

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Today is the 29th May and yesterday I found out that i had endometriosis. I cried to start of with then went numb I havent felt a lot since. I am getting married in a year, and had planned kids soon after that so this has come as quite a shock. I had a laporoscomy to see what years of painful periods erregular bleeding and pain during sex was infact endo or not. The gyno didnt speculate but told me i shouldnt worry that it might not be anything, but i will never forget the look on his face when he came to tell me. I think the person it has hit the most was my mother we are very close and she broke down in tears and went to tlk to the gyno without me. It turns out I only have 4 spots and he burnt then, though i apparently have a 60% chance of them growing back and having slight problems falling pregnant. I would just like to see if anyone can help me though this initial denial stage and if anyone eles is going though it or went though it themselfs and can give me some pointers on what to expect next!

Tristelle

Endometriosis Cancer Risk (BBC Story)

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Women who have endometriosis appear to have a higher risk of developing several different kinds of cancer, say researchers.. The BBC have posted the following story… URL BBC Story

Endometriosis is a condition in which the type of tissue that lines the inside of the womb is found elsewhere in the pelvis.

Since the natural menstrual cycle of a woman involves the swift growth, then shedding of the womb lining during her period, this is not beneficial.

Typical symptoms include pelvic pain, heavy menstrual bleeding, bloating and fatigue.

It has also been linked with difficulty conceiving.

Researchers from Huddinge University Hospital in Stockholm, Sweden, looked at whether there was a link between having endometriosis and cancer risk.

They found a woman’s risk of developing ovarian cancer increased by just under half, for endocrine tumours by a third, for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma approximately a quarter and for brain tumours just over a fifth.

However, the risk of cervical cancer fell by roughly a third.

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No panic

The author of the study, presented at the annual meeting of the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology in Madrid, said that as these were relatively uncommon cancers, even apparently large increases in lifetime risk were not necessarily anything to be concerned about.

Dr Anna-Sofia Berglund said: “It is very important to keep these findings in perspective.

“The overall risk of cancer does not increase after endometriosis, and where there are slightly increased risks, they are in some of the less common cancers.

“For instance, in Sweden just under 20 women in every 100,000 develop ovarian cancer each year.

“My study shows that for women with endometriosis, another eight women in 100,000 could develop it – and it may be even fewer than that.”

The study found that women who had a hysterectomy before or at the time that endometriosis was diagnosed did not show this increased risk of ovarian cancer – suggesting a preventive effect.

Dr Berglund said the study did not prove endometriosis caused cancer – but that it was possible that whatever led to endometriosis might increase the risk.

Material Source BBC News 2003

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