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Doctor insights on: Can Uterine Fibroids Ever Progress To Cancer

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

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


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Can uterine fibroids lead to cancer?

Can uterine fibroids lead to cancer?

Not directly : Fibroids are a result of high estrogen levels. High estrogen can be caused by excessive carbohydrate intake (via competetive inhibition of glucoronidase enzyme) therefore a low carb diet is beneficial to reduce estrogen and help shrink fibroids. You may also have low iodine, thyroid problems, low progesterone. All of these things should be evaluated. High estrogen levels can cause cancer. ...Read more

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Endometrial hyperplasia can lead to cancer, really?

Endometrial hyperplasia can lead to cancer, really?

It's a indicator: Endometrial hyperplasia (overgrowth of the uterus lining) means that the uterus is being exposed to continuous estrogen, which is a risk factor for endometrial cancer. So it indicates that conditions are favorable for the development of cancer, and it can also allow an early cancer to hide more easily. Atypical hyperplasia means overgrowth of abnormal cells and an even higher risk of cancer. ...Read more

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Can you prevent uterine cancer?

Can you prevent uterine cancer?

Not completely: You cannot completely prevent endometrial cancer. You can lower your risk by maintaining a healthy weight, exercising 30 minutes per day, taking birth control pills for one year or more, and avoiding estrogen-alone hormone replacement therapy after menopause. ...Read more

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Can you die from uterine cancer?

Can you die from uterine cancer?

It's possible: As with any cancer your risk of dying from it is related to many things including the stage of the cancer. Typically the higher the stage the higher the chances of dying from cancer. Stage is made up of 3 things: the local extent of the disease (t), whether there are regional lymph nodes involved (n), and whether there is any distant involvement of disease (m). ...Read more

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How do uterine fibroid tumors develop?

How do uterine fibroid tumors develop?

Uncontrolled growth: The smooth muscle that makes up the wall of the uterus begins to grow in an uncontrolled fashion. The separation of a benign tumor (fibroid or leiomyoma) from a malignant tumor (leiomyosarcoma) is the degree of growth, increased growth, and presence of tumor death (necrosis). ...Read more

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Can someone with uterine fibroids take tasly photoestrogen without causing any problems to fibroids?

Phytoestrogens : Phytoestrogens refer to Estrogens derived from plants. As these are still Estrogens to your body, you would expect the effects (including side effects) of estrogens. ...Read more

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How to cure endometrial polyp with fibroids?

How to cure endometrial polyp with fibroids?

Depends... D&C?: well, it depends on how much it is causing.. most of the time over 40 I recommend a uterine biopsy (called a EMB done in office) that is not 100% but pretty good to be sure not really a cancer. then if ok can try medical things to shed it or may need a D and C ( if u dont want more kids, ask possible ablation at same time0... hope this helps ...Read more

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Can uterin fibroids turn into cancer? Do i neen surgery?

Can uterin fibroids turn into cancer? Do i neen surgery?

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

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Is mucinous breast cancer linked to ovarian cancer? Had mucinous b.C. In 2006. Need hysterectomy due to fibroid but don't want to give up ovaries.

Is mucinous breast cancer linked to ovarian cancer? Had mucinous b.C. In 2006. Need hysterectomy due to fibroid but don't want to give up ovaries.

Hyst?/oophorectomy: At 49 years old, you have very little use for your ovaries. If you are going to have a hysterectomy done anyway for the bleeding from your fibroids, you should seriously considering removing the fallopian tubes and the ovaries as well. They are sites for future disease. ...Read more

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Can you have babies after uterine cancer?

Can you have babies after uterine cancer?

Uterine cancer: Treatment for uterine cancer mainly hysterectomy and bilateral oophorectomy. After this surgery you can't have babies. ...Read more

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Since endometrial ablation can decrease or stop bleeding , what are other ways physicians can detect early uterine cancer?

Since endometrial ablation can decrease or stop bleeding , what are other ways physicians can  detect early uterine cancer?

You're right: It can be very hard to detect uterine cancer early when a woman has had an endometrial ablation. The typical bleeding allowing for early diagnosis of uterine cancer can be masked under scar tissue caused by the ablation. This is why ablation should not be done in women at high risk of uterine cancer. ...Read more

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Can someone get endometrial cancer randomly?

Can someone get endometrial cancer randomly?

Yes: It is not clear what you mean by randomly? But endometrial cancer may arise without specific warning signs. ...Read more

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Help please! could calcified uterine fibroids cause cancer?

Help please! could calcified uterine fibroids cause cancer?

Unlikely: But watch for increase in size in which case you need an experet gynecologist to advise you about required treatment. ...Read more

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Hi, I'm 48 yo, have endometriosis, ovarian cysts, uterine fibroids, pre-menopausal. CA 125 was around 200's then 159 the last one was 210 any concerns?

Hi, I'm 48 yo, have endometriosis, ovarian cysts, uterine fibroids, pre-menopausal. CA 125 was around 200's then 159 the last one was 210 any concerns?

Likely, no: CA 125 is not recommended as a screening tool for ovarian cancer when used in risk-based stratification. Meaning, assuming that your mom or sister didn't get diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Normal for women with endometriosis to have elevated CA-125. It sounds like your doctor has done Ultrasound to evaluate ovaries as well. Your MD knows your history and risk, likely this CA-125 level is normal ...Read more

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Can uterine fibroids turn into cancer?

Can uterine fibroids turn into cancer?

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 more

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Can having an abortion earlier in life cause uterine cancer?

No: There are many factors which can increase the risk of uterine cancer, such as family history, obesity, certain types of hormone therapy and other medications. Having an abortion in the past should not increase your risk. ...Read more

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Can ovarian cancer ever be cured?

Can ovarian cancer ever be cured?

Yes: Ovarian cancer can be cured especially when it is discovered early. One of the challenges with ovarian cancer is that it is often discovered when it is more advanced because there are no effective screening tools and the disease can often be asymptomatic until it is more advanced. ...Read more

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How do I tell if I have uterine fibroids?

Assess your symptoms: More common symptoms of uterine fibroids are: bleeding between periods; heavy menstrual bleeding (menorrhagia); menstrual periods that may last longer than normal; need to urinate more often; pelvic cramping or pain with periods; sensation of fullness or pressure in lower abdomen; pain during intercourse. Pelvic exam may be revealing. Pelvic imaging may be done. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
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Fibroids (Definition)

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


Dr. Andrew Berry
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Fibroid (Definition)

A leiomyomata(fibroid) is a smooth muscle growth in the uterus that is rubbery, binds the female hormone estrogen and can grow to "epic" proportions causing distortion of the uterus. They cause bleeding, and burning pain( aka "fireball tumor") as ...Read more