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How do I tell if I have uterine fibroids?

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. 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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Are uterine fibroids cancerous?

Very rarely: 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. ...Read more

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Is uterine fibroid with cystic degeneration cancerous?

Is uterine fibroid with cystic degeneration cancerous?

Usually not: "cystic degeneration" usually means that a portion of the tumor has died as a result of its blood supply not always being adequate. If the tumor is troubling you, or if it is growing rapidly, or the radiologist has other concerns, you should consider having it removed or you may be given other options such as embolization. If there are other warnings of cancer, you must have it removed. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can uterine fibroids lead to cancer?

Very rarely: Fibroids are benign tumors that only very rarely may become malignant. ...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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How do doctors determine if your uterine fibroid is fast growing? And if it is fast growing, does that make it more likely the fibroid is cancerous?

How do doctors determine if your uterine fibroid is fast growing? And if it is fast growing, does that make it more likely the fibroid is cancerous?

See below: Fiberoids, even fast growing are rarely cancerous. The growth rate could be monitored by estimating the size of the fiborid by imaging, such as ultrasound. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...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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L salpingo oophorectomy for simple cyst & pain. 5mos later, new onset R ovarian complex cyst w/ septation, uterine fibroid & 10mm L4 lesion. Cancer?

 L salpingo oophorectomy for simple cyst & pain. 5mos later, new onset R ovarian complex cyst w/ septation, uterine fibroid & 10mm L4 lesion. Cancer?

Not necessarily: While cancer is a possibility it is not the most likely diagnosis. More testing such as doppler flow studies on ultrasound can help with the diagnosis. It may well require surgery to know for sure. Good luck. ...Read more

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What causes Uterine fibroids?

What causes Uterine fibroids?

Nobody knows.: Uterine fibroids are benign growths of the uterus, but rarely they can turn into malignant tumors (sarcoma!) Nobody knows the cause of any tumors including fibroids. ...Read more

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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. John Lipman
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Uterine Fibroids (Definition)

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