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Endometriosis and risk of ovarian cancer

Yavor Kornovski, Yonka Atanasova, Stoyan Kostov, Stanislav Slavchev, Angel Danchev Yordanov
DOI: 10.5603/OCP.2021.0012

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Abstract

Endometriosis is common in premenopausal women and affects about 10% of women of reproductive age. It is a benign condition but demonstrates malignant behaviour with recurrences and metastases. Its tendency to increase the risk of specific subtypes of ovarian cancer is being discussed, because they exhibit specific clinical features that distinguish them from classical ovarian cancer. Malignant transformation of endometriosis goes through its transition to atypical endometriosis. Although endometriosis-associated ovarian carcinomas have a good prognosis, adequate follow-up and monitoring after treatment of endometriosis are recommended.

Abstract

Endometriosis is common in premenopausal women and affects about 10% of women of reproductive age. It is a benign condition but demonstrates malignant behaviour with recurrences and metastases. Its tendency to increase the risk of specific subtypes of ovarian cancer is being discussed, because they exhibit specific clinical features that distinguish them from classical ovarian cancer. Malignant transformation of endometriosis goes through its transition to atypical endometriosis. Although endometriosis-associated ovarian carcinomas have a good prognosis, adequate follow-up and monitoring after treatment of endometriosis are recommended.

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Keywords

endometriosis; ovarian cancer; endometriosis-associated ovarian carcinoma; rate; prognosis

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Endometriosis and risk of ovarian cancer

Journal

Oncology in Clinical Practice

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Ahead of print

Article type

Review paper

Published online

2021-04-20

DOI

10.5603/OCP.2021.0012

Keywords

endometriosis
ovarian cancer
endometriosis-associated ovarian carcinoma
rate
prognosis

Authors

Yavor Kornovski
Yonka Atanasova
Stoyan Kostov
Stanislav Slavchev
Angel Danchev Yordanov

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