Endometriosis & Endometrial Cancer: What All Black Women Need To Know

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We share tips about what to wear, who to date, etc, but when it comes to health, many life-saving tips go unnoticed. Here, we take time to try and shed more light on a relatively still unexplained condition, endometriosis, not be confused with endometrial cancer. Here is the difference:

While pelvic pain is a symptom of endometrial cancer, it is also one of the main symptoms of a health condition called endometriosis, which very rarely leads to endometrial cancer.

What Is Endometriosis?

When a woman gets her period once a month, the lining of the uterus (which is called the endometrium) breaks down and is shed as menstrual flow. When a woman has endometriosis, the type of tissue that makes up the lining of the uterus also shows up in other parts of her body, including the ovaries, the fallopian tubes, the bowels, and the bladder. During her period, this tissue breaks down. But since it’s outside the uterus, it can’t leave the body during menstruation, and cysts and scar tissue may form as a result.

In even more rare cases, endometriosis has been found inside the vagina, inside the bladder, on the skin, even in the lung, spine, and brain.

In addition to causing pain that can become quite severe, endometriosis can also…