uterine fibroids

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<b>Uterine fibroids is also known as <a href="#topics/Fibroid">Fibroid</a></b>. 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 can also cause infertility.
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Dr. Walter Kobasa answered:

Are uterine fibroids cancerous?

Very rarely

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Only in very rare instances can fibroids be cancerous. If there is very rapid growth in the size, these are the ones that could be a leiomyosarcomas but again very rare
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Dr. Marc F. Hirsch answered:

can uterine fibroids affect sex?

No

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They are fibrous masses that take up space in your uterus, can cause excessive uterine bleeding, but do not affect sex.
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Can uterine fibroids grow in size?

Yes

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Fibroids grow all the time, in part due to female hormones. They stop growing from menopause or stopping your hormones with a Lupron shot. Some fibroids grow slowly; fibroids in some women grow quickly.
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How much pain are uterine fibroids?

Varies greatly

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Fibroids are benign (non cancerous) tumors of the uterus that are associated with painful, heavy periods. They can be treated with medications that are hormonal OR non-hormonal, and they are also commonly treated surgically by removing the fibroid (s) or the entire uterus.
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh answered:

Can uterine fibroids lead to cancer?

Very rarely

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Fibroids are benign tumors that only very rarely may become malignant.
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Dr. David L. Finke answered:

How many women get uterine fibroids?

As many as 40%

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At autopsy, as many as 40% of women have evidence of fibroids. Fibroids are usually benign tumors of the uterus that are not symptomatic. Sometimes fibroids can be painful, cause heavy bleeding, miscarriage, preterm labor, problems voiding or constipation. Fast growing fibroids need to be monitored closely and may necessitate surgery. Certain ethnicities have higher prevalence of fibroids.
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Can uterine fibroids turn into cancer?

No

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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.
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What are the tests for uterine fibroids?

Ultrasound &/or exam

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Ultrasound can determine if there are fibroids, so can a pelvic exam in many cases. A better question is: why is this an issue? Some studies show that by a certain age MOST women have fibroids. So having a fibroid is common. Are they causing problems of bleeding, pain, size or pressure? Those questions are important when deciding if treatment is needed.
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Dr. Kevin Daus answered:

What sort of disorder is uterine fibroids?

Uterine Fibroids

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Fibroids are benign growths in the uterus that can cause problems depending on the location. Most common problems are bleeding and pain. Hope this helps.
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Dr. David N. Dang answered:

Can MRI of pelvis detect uterine fibroids?

Yes

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MRI is very good for detection of uterine fibroids. It can determine the size & locations of the fibroids. It can show if the fibroid is degenerated or active, particularly if used with contrast. MRI can be used to guide fibroids treatment, particularly with regards to Uterine Fibroid Embolization which is less invasive than surgery.
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