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Health Tip: Risk Factors for Endometriosis

A common health problem for women

(HealthDay News) -- Endometriosis is a condition in which uterine-like tissue grows outside the uterus. These growths may be referred to as benign tumors, lesions, nodules or implants.

More than 5 million women in the United States have the condition, the National Women's Health Information Center says. The agency says certain factors may place you at higher risk:

  • Starting your period at a young age.
  • Having heavy periods.
  • Periods that last for longer than seven days.
  • Short menstrual cycles -- 27 days or less.
  • Having a close female relative -- such as a mother, aunt or sister -- with the condition.
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