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Can Fibroids Turn Into Cancer
Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more
Very seldom: Around one woman in four has one or more of these during reproductive life. If one is growing rapidly or is strange on imaging, it is concerning for malignancy. Otherwise it's your choice depending on whether they cause problems (mass sensation, bleeding, bladder / bowel problems. ...Read more
No: The medical term for fibroids is leiomyomata. They are benign tumors that arise from smooth muscle cells; they do not become cancerous. The cancerous counterpart is called leiomyosarcoma. The problem is the inability to distinguish between the two without taking them out and looking at the cells under the microscope. Uterine tumors that enlarge quickly should be evaluated and possibly removed. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No: Fibroids are benign, noncancerous growths of uterine muscle cells. They do not cause cancer. Rarely, a cancer called sarcoma can develop in the muscle layer of the uterus. This may present as a rapidly growing tumor that was initially thought to be a fibroid. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If I cut out the fibroid is there a chance it will grown back and is there a chance of getting cancer if it grows back?
Good question!: If it was removed completely ("pulled out at the root") it will not come back. If it was mostly removed, like a weed it can grow back. The big annoyance is that even if it was 100% removed, you can always grow a new one - fortunately, fibroids mostly grow slowly. The risk of cancer is not zero, but it's very small - in spite of some current sensational thinking. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Uterine fibroids are the most common pelvic tumor in women. 1 of every 3 women of child-bearing age have these tumors and up to 80% of african-american women have fibroids. They are often asymptomatic but they can also cause significant symptoms. It is the most common cause of heavy menstrual bleeding. Pelvic pain and increased urinary frequency ...Read more
Uterine fibroids are the most common pelvic tumor in women. They occur in 1 of every 3 women regardless of race and up to 80 % of african-american women of child bearing age. They are often asymptomatic but they can cause significant symptoms (exe. Heavy menstrual bleeding, pelvic pain, increased urinary frequency). They ...Read more
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