Endometriosis, more than simply "killer cramps" as it is so often trivialized, may be related to a number of hereditary, environmental, epigenetic, and menstrual characteristics, some sharing certain common processes with cancer.28 Indeed, it is important to note that endometriosis is not cancer. The disease does, however, correspond to a variety of co-morbid conditions, ranging from autoimmune disease to food and environmental allergies to malignant concerns. Multiple prior studies have indicated an association between endometriosis and a number of autoimmune diseases, multiple chemical sensitivities, inflammatory bowel disease, food intolerances, allergies, and chronic fatigue.3,63,64
The risk of ovarian cancer among those patients with endometriosis is higher than those without the disease by 30% to 40%. One analysis of benign ovarian endometrioid tumors found frequent coexistence of endometriosis and endometrioid neoplasms, supporting a genetic link between the two. In an estimated 60% of endometriosis-associated ovarian cancers, the cancer is adjacent to or directly arising from the endometriotic tissue, lending credence to the fact that malignant transformation can and does occur.19
Endometriosis does present serious risk factors that can accelerate the development
of ovarian cancer by 5.5 years.19 Still, epidemiological findings on the association between endometriosis and cancer remain elusive, with modifications to the standard treatment regimens for the disease unjustified at this time.67 Nonetheless, providers from all disciplines should be aware of this increased risk profile and strive for early detection." https://www.apgo.org/elearn/endo/endomonon2.pdf <<<<<< A lot of good pearls from this so check it out!