Did You Know – Fibroids

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Did You Know – Fibroids

Did You Know….

Fibroids, many of us do not know exactly what they are, where they come from, or the cause of them. Here are some general facts about fibroids.

Uterine fibroids are growths, or tumors, that develop in the muscular wall of the uterus. They may also be called myomas, leiomyomas, leiomyomata uteri, or simply fibroids. Fibroids are generally benign—that is, they are not cancerous (malignant). A woman may have just one fibroid, or many. Fibroids are the most common kind of growths associated with the uterus. It is estimated that as many as 3 out of 4 women will have uterine fibroids at some point during their lives, but most are unaware of them because they often cause no symptoms. Only about one-third of these fibroids are large enough to be detected by a physician during a physical examination, and many do not require treatment.


Not much is known about the cause of fibroids. But evidence suggests that their growth is related to estrogen and other hormones. In fact, increased levels of these hormones may speed up the growth rate of the fibroids.

Factors that may play a role in a woman’s risk of developing fibroids include:

  • Women between the ages of 30 and 45 are commonly diagnosed with fibroids
  • Overweight women are at a higher risk to develop fibroids
  • African-American women tend to have the highest risk of developing fibroids, although fibroids have been found in women of all ethnic backgrounds


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