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Attention all ladies: Three things you need to know about uterine fibroids and cancer risks

by , 22 April 2015

Uterine fibroids are muscular tumours that grow in the wall of your uterus. As many as one in every four women of reproductive age may get them.

In some cases, fibroids can grow very large and lead to great discomfort or pain. However, in most cases, they cause no symptoms at all.

Today, I'm clearing up the facts about fibroids and cancer risks. If you know or think you may have fibroids, keep reading.

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Don’t stress: In almost all cases, fibroids are non-cancerous

 
Because they’re often referred to as fibroid tumours, many people think that fibroids are a type of cancer. 
 
They’re not. 
 
According to a recent report by The University of Chicago Medicine, in almost all cases, fibroids are benign (non-cancerous). You can have one or you can have many. They can be the size of an apple seed or the size of a grapefruit. It still won’t matter!
 
The majority of fibroids don’t have cancer cells, the report reveals.
 

Fibroids typically don’t lead to cancer

 
The report also states that it’s very rare that fibroids lead to cancer or increase a woman’s chances of developing cancer of the uterus. 
 

Fibroids are, however, associated with leiomyosarcoma
 

The report, however, points out that only one out of every 1,000 women admitted to hospital for fibroid surgery have a leiomyosarcoma – an extremely rare form of malignant tumour of the uterine muscle.
 
The average age for the development of leiomyosarcoma is 58 years. However, under some extremely rare circumstances, this form of uterine cancer may also develop in young women.
 
Because it’s so rare, a doctor may mistake a leiomyosarcoma for a fibroid at first, the report says.  

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