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Endometriosis

Endometriosis affects more than 10 million women in the United States.  Every woman with endometriosis is affected in a different way; some experience pain, others infertility, others problems with their periods, and some have no symptoms at all.  Endometriosis occurs when the tissue which normally lines the inside of the uterus (womb) is found in other parts of the body, most commonly in the pelvis.  


Currently there is no cure for endometriosis.  Its treatment is individualized and the options include hormonal medication or destruction of the abnormal tissue with laser or surgery.  The response to treatment is variable and many women require multiple different therapies and repeat treatments to control their symptoms.  


The study Juneau Biosciences is undertaking is designed to identify the gene or genes which contribute to the development of endometriosis.  Once the genes involved are discovered, we are hopeful that new options will be developed for women not only to treat but also to allow prevention of endometriosis.

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