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Can uterine fibroids turn into cancer?
13 doctors weighed in

Dr. Carolyn Thompson
Obstetrics & Gynecology
9 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Carolyn Thompson
Dr. Carolyn Thompson
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Dr. Eric Berkowitz
Radiology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Controversial.
About 1 in 1000 fibroids can become cancerous.
It is a matter of debate whether these fibroids turn cancerous or were cancerous all along.

In brief: Controversial.
About 1 in 1000 fibroids can become cancerous.
It is a matter of debate whether these fibroids turn cancerous or were cancerous all along.
Dr. Eric Berkowitz
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Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Family Medicine
In brief: No
Uterine fibroids are a type of muscle tumor that is benign.
They are not cancer, and not likely to turn in to cancer.

In brief: No
Uterine fibroids are a type of muscle tumor that is benign.
They are not cancer, and not likely to turn in to cancer.
Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
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