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Are fibroids, endometrial hyperplasia, or polyps a precursor to cancer?

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Dr. Denise Elser
Specializes in Gynecology
Possibly: Fibroids are benign growths of uterine muscle and are not cancerous. Rarely, a fast growing fibroid may in fact be a sarcoma or a cancer. A uterine polyp (like a skin tag in the uterus) can be totally benign or may house hyperlastic cells. Endometrial hyperplasia with atypical cells is considered precancerous and should be treated. Bleeding after menopause should always be evaluated.
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Dr. Leena Varughese
Pathology 15 years experience
Possibly: Fibroids and polyps are not considered to be precursors to cancer but these can cause a variety of symptoms such as discomfort and irregular bleeding. Cancers can occasionally present as a polyp. Endormetrial hyperplasia, on the other hand, represent a spectrum from benign to increasingly worrisome but can be managed with a variety of treatment options depending on the type and how bad it is.
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Last updated Nov 24, 2021


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