New clues in battle of ovarian cancers
Women with a history of womb disease endometriosis are more likely to develop three types of ovarian cancer, according to research.
Scientists have found that endometriosis, which affects about 10pc of women of reproductive age and occurs when pieces of the uterus lining appear outside the womb, is linked to a higher risk of clear cell, endometrioid and low-grade serous cancers.
Studies have suggested that the disease is associated with a risk of developing epithelial ovarian cancer -- the most dangerous and prevalent form -- but the new study, published online in the Lancet Oncology, confirm the magnitude of the risk and the relationship with specific types of ovarian cancer.
Co-author Celeste Leigh Pearce, from Los Angeles, said: "This breakthrough could lead to better identification of women at increased risk of ovarian cancer."