Common genetic origins discovered behind uterine fibroids and endometriosis
A major international study revealed that the two most common female reproductive system diseases, uterine fibroids and endometriosis, have common genetic origins. The finding, published in the prestigious Nature Communications journal, drives forward basic research in the field and may open up completely new opportunities for developing drug treatment as well.
Uterine smooth muscle tumours, known as uterineleiomyomas or fibroids, are benign neoplasms causing pain and pressure, bleeding disorders and anaemia. 20-30% of women over the age of 30 years develop fibroids. As for endometriosis, it causes intense menstrual pain and reduces women’s fertility. It is estimated that 10% of all women suffer from endometriosis.
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