Endometriosis and adenomyosis are gynecological diseases characterized by the deposition and growth of endometrial lining. The two diseases are closely related and are both fairly prevalent, with 10% prevalence for endometriosis and as high as 30-40% in older women for adenomyosis. Both can lead to debilitating pelvic or menstrual pains, excessive menstrual bleeding and reduced fertility. While neither disease is fatal, they can both cause havoc to afflicted women, wrecking their career, quality of life, self-esteem, and family relationship. Despite extensive research on the two diseases, the management of the two diseases still poses substantial challenge due to our limited knowledge about their pathogenesis and pathophysiology. The two diseases are now a major health concern for women of reproductive age, and exert a heavy social and economical burden to afflicted women, their families and the society as a whole. Unfortunately, there is no non-invasive diagnostic procedure, treatment is a headache, and, dishearteningly, the drug development pipelines are on the verge of drying up. This dire situation begs for more research, collaboration and collective wisdom.
As the world's largest and the most populous continent, Asia hosts 60% of the entire world's population and has more women of reproductive age than all the rest continents combined. There is no data to show that Asian women are immune to these two dreadful diseases. In fact, with rising living standard and changing lifestyle and reproductive behavior across Asia, our continent is very likely to have more women with endometriosis/adenomyosis than all the remaining continents combined.
Started in 2010, the ACE meeting has been successfully held six times. The meeting provides a forum for investigators and clinicians within Asia and around the world to come together to share the cutting-edge research and patient management. It also provides a venue for like-minded people in Asia to get to know and talk to each other, to share their knowledge and experience, or simply to renew their friendship, and esprit de corps, with the goal of making endometriosis or adenomyosis a history.
As the President of Asian Society of Endometriosis and Adenomyosis (ASEA) that oversees the ACE, I invite all like-minded scientists and clinicians to come to ACE VII in Taipei and join me in this exciting journey to find better diagnostic procedures, better management and explore possible ways of prevention. Under the leadership of conference president, Professor Tsai, I am confident that this ACE will be a real ace in endometriosis/adenomyosis meetings. So come join me in Taipei!
Sun-Wei Guo, M.Med., M.Sc., Ph.D.
Shanghai Obstetrics and Gynecology Hospital Fudan University Shanghai China
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