Endometriosis and Ovarian Cancer
When comparing endometriosis versus ovarian cancer, it is very important to remember that the connection is not completely understood, and further medical research is needed.
One of the main reasons endometriosis is compared to ovarian cancer is both are characterized by cell invasion, and abnormal growth. In addition, pelvic pain, bloating, pain with urination, bowel movements, digestion and intercourse, abnormal menstrual periods and bleeding are all symptoms of both endometriosis and ovarian cancer.
While there are similarities between endometriosis and ovarian cancer, difference are apparent as well. The main difference is, while it can be a serious condition, endometriosis is not deadly or fatal. On the other hand, ovarian cancer kills approximately 100,000 women every year worldwide. Treatments for the conditions are vastly different as well. Endometriosis is treated with pain management, hormone treatments and, in severe cases, laparoscopic surgery. Ovarian cancer treatments consists of radiation, chemotherapy, anti-emetics (anti-nausea medications to prevent vomiting from the chemotherapy side effects) and pain management with narcotics.