Fibroid Tumors: 9 Facts Every Woman Needs To Know
Before you get too upset and start calling the doctor, let’s get a few things clear. Fibroid tumors are the most common type of tumor in women and they are rarely malignant. This means that, while they may cause some discomfort, it’s highly unlikely you will die from it. Malignancy aside, there are still things you need to know about these tumors and what to do if you have one.
1. What is a Fibroid Tumor
Fibroids are growths, typically benign, that appear in or on the uterus. In many cases, these tumors come with no symptoms. In some cases, they can grow very large causing pain and heavy periods.
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2. Who Can Develop a Fibroid Tumor
Any woman can develop a fibroid tumor at any age, however, these tumors are most commonly found in women between the ages of 40 and 50. Over 70% of us will have a fibroid tumor by the age of 50. African-American women are up to three times more likely to develop the tumors and at a younger age. Their tumors can grow more quickly and be associated with symptoms of greater severity.
3. Common Symptoms
The most common symptoms are extremely heavy menstrual flows, bleeding in between periods and cramps. Some women also report experiencing pain during l.ovemaking.
4. Tumor? Yes. Cancer? No.
The tumors themselves can be a real pain, but they are not cancerous. There is a risk of uterine sarcoma developing along with the fibroids. The only way for doctors to know if you have uterine sarcoma is for them to surgically remove the fibroid tumor and check. This is very rare.