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Friday, September 08, 2006

Endometriosis has molecular genetic link to ovarian cancer

Health & Medicine Week - Aug. 21, 2006

A recent study provides evidence of a molecular genetic link of endometriosis to ovarian cancer.

"Histopathology and epidemiology studies have consistently demonstrated a strong link between endometriosis and endometriosis-associated ovarian cancers (EAOCs) - in particular, the endometrioid and clear cell subtypes. However, it is still unclear whether endometriosis is a precursor to EAOCs, or whether there is an indirect link because similar factors predispose to both diseases," according to investigators writing in the International Journal of Cancer.

A.H. Prowse and colleagues of the University of Oxford wrote, "In order to search for evidence of clonal progression, we analyzed ...

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