WOMEN with freckles, moles and easily-burned skin are more likely to suffer from endometriosis, experts in the reproductive disorder have found.
The new research suggests the painful fertility-related condition may be genetically-linked to malignant melanoma, the most dangerous skin cancer.
Some risk factors for both conditions appear to be similar, according to the study of 100,000 older French women presented at the World Congress of Endometriosis in Melbourne.
Researchers from France and Australia analysed the lifestyle and medical history of the women and found about 4000 of them had endometriosis, a disease where tissue similar to the lining of the uterus is found in abnormal parts of the body like the abdominal cavity.
"We have demonstrated that women with a higher number of moles or freckles, or a greater susceptibility to sunburn, have a higher risk of endometriosis," said researcher Marina Kvaskoff