Uterine Fibroids | Overview

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What are uterine fibroids?

Fibroids are benign growths (not cancer) in the muscular wall of the uterus. These growths can be very tiny or as large as a cantaloupe.

Fibroids are very common. At least 20% of women 35 years of age or older have fibroids. Many women have them without knowing it. Black women are at a higher risk of having fibroids than women in other racial groups.

Once a fibroid is formed, it tends to grow larger until menopause, after which fibroids tend to shrink, due to the effects of estrogen.

Source

Uterine Fibroid Embolization by SJ Smith, MD (American Family Physician June 15, 2000, http://www.aafp.org/afp/20000615/3601.html)

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 04/14
Created: 09/00

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