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Do fibroids cause cancer?

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Dr. Denise Elser
Gynecology
3 doctors agree

In brief: No

Fibroids are benign, noncancerous growths of uterine muscle cells.
They do not cause cancer. Rarely, a cancer called sarcoma can develop in the muscle layer of the uterus. This may present as a rapidly growing tumor that was initially thought to be a fibroid.

In brief: No

Fibroids are benign, noncancerous growths of uterine muscle cells.
They do not cause cancer. Rarely, a cancer called sarcoma can develop in the muscle layer of the uterus. This may present as a rapidly growing tumor that was initially thought to be a fibroid.
Dr. Denise Elser
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Dr. Kenan Omurtag
Obstetrics & Gynecology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Not typically

There can be fibroids that have cancerous changes in them called sarcomas (muscle tumors - the uterus is a smooth muscle) that can be a very aggressive cancer.
These are usually associated with rapidly growing fibroid tumors. Speak to your gynecologist to learn more.

In brief: Not typically

There can be fibroids that have cancerous changes in them called sarcomas (muscle tumors - the uterus is a smooth muscle) that can be a very aggressive cancer.
These are usually associated with rapidly growing fibroid tumors. Speak to your gynecologist to learn more.
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Dr. J Ricardo Loret De Mola
The risk of "sarcomatous degeneration" of a fibroid is less than 1%, rare!
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