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Are fibroids, endometrial hyperplasia, or polyps a precursor to cancer?
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Dr. Denise Elser
Gynecology
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In brief: Possibly
Fibroids are benign growths of uterine muscle and are not cancerous.
Rarely, a fast growing fibroid may in fact be a sarcoma or a cancer. A uterine polyp (like a skin tag in the uterus) can be totally benign or may house hyperlastic cells. Endometrial hyperplasia with atypical cells is considered precancerous and should be treated. Bleeding after menopause should always be evaluated.

In brief: Possibly
Fibroids are benign growths of uterine muscle and are not cancerous.
Rarely, a fast growing fibroid may in fact be a sarcoma or a cancer. A uterine polyp (like a skin tag in the uterus) can be totally benign or may house hyperlastic cells. Endometrial hyperplasia with atypical cells is considered precancerous and should be treated. Bleeding after menopause should always be evaluated.
Dr. Denise Elser
Dr. Denise Elser
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In brief: Possibly
Fibroids and polyps are not considered to be precursors to cancer but these can cause a variety of symptoms such as discomfort and irregular bleeding.
Cancers can occasionally present as a polyp. Endormetrial hyperplasia, on the other hand, represent a spectrum from benign to increasingly worrisome but can be managed with a variety of treatment options depending on the type and how bad it is.

In brief: Possibly
Fibroids and polyps are not considered to be precursors to cancer but these can cause a variety of symptoms such as discomfort and irregular bleeding.
Cancers can occasionally present as a polyp. Endormetrial hyperplasia, on the other hand, represent a spectrum from benign to increasingly worrisome but can be managed with a variety of treatment options depending on the type and how bad it is.
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