Uterine Fibroids | Overview


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.


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

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Reviewed/Updated: 08/10
Created: 09/00