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What are fibroids?
15 doctors weighed in

Dr. John Lipman
Radiology
11 doctors agree
In brief: Benign tumor
Uterine fibroids are the most common pelvic tumor in women.
They are benign and non-cancerous. They're often asymptomatic but can cause disabling symptoms in some women which will require treatment. Fibroids are particularly common in african-american women. Up to 80% of these women during childbearing years have fibroids. Fibroids tend to occur earlier, be larger, and more numerous in these women.

In brief: Benign tumor
Uterine fibroids are the most common pelvic tumor in women.
They are benign and non-cancerous. They're often asymptomatic but can cause disabling symptoms in some women which will require treatment. Fibroids are particularly common in african-american women. Up to 80% of these women during childbearing years have fibroids. Fibroids tend to occur earlier, be larger, and more numerous in these women.
Dr. John Lipman
Dr. John Lipman
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Dr. Lillian Schapiro
Fibroids are growth of the smooth muscle of the uterus. Rarely are they cancerous, but I just did a hysterectomy today on someone whose heavy bleeding was due to precancerous cells in her uterine lining, but she also had large fibroids. Fibroids may grow so large that they obstruct the ureters and still not feel "bothersome." Fibroids can interfere with fertility or cause severe periods and anemia.
Dr. Lyndon Taylor
Location of the fibroid is very important. A small marble sized fibroid in the cavity of the uterus, a submucous fibroid can cause very heavy periods and anemia. Submucous fibroids can be removed hysteroscopically on an outpatient basis with no abdominal scars. Large fibroids in the wall of the uterus can be removed by myomectomy. See www.chicagomyomectomy.com for more information.
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Obstetrics & Gynecology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Benign uterine tumor
Uterine fibroids are benign uterine tumors that occur in over 50% of women by the age of 35.
These tumors arise from the muscle cells of the uterus, and are technically a benign form of cancer. They are rarely maignant, and usually require no treatment. Fibroids can cause infertility, heavier menses, pelvic pain or pressure, and sometimes become so large they require removal.

In brief: Benign uterine tumor
Uterine fibroids are benign uterine tumors that occur in over 50% of women by the age of 35.
These tumors arise from the muscle cells of the uterus, and are technically a benign form of cancer. They are rarely maignant, and usually require no treatment. Fibroids can cause infertility, heavier menses, pelvic pain or pressure, and sometimes become so large they require removal.
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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Dr. Lyndon Taylor
When is treatment necessary for fibroids? Fibroids that do not cause symptoms, are small, or occur in a woman who is nearing menopause often do not require treatment. Certain signs and symptoms may signal the need for treatment: Heavy or painful menstrual periods that cause anemia or that disrupt a woman’s normal activities Bleeding between periods Uncertainty whether the growth is a fibroid or another type of tumor, such as an ovarian tumor Rapid increase in growth of the fibroid Infertility Pelvic pain
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