Fibroids are growths that affect the uterus. Fibroids are also known as uterine Fibroids.
According to the American Department of Health, around 20% to 80% of women have them by the age of 50 years. They often appear during the childbearing years. Fibroids range in size from seedlings, not visible to the human eye, to bulky masses that can enlarge the uterus. You can have a single or multiple Fibroids.
Fibroids are almost always benign (not cancerous). Less than one in 1,000 Fibroids become cancerous. This is called Fibroid Cancer. There are certain factors that increase the chance that your fibroid is cancerous. The most important seems to be age.
There is debate about what causes fibroids. A couple of different factors may influence their formation and the onset of fibroid cancer:
Family history: Fibroids may run in the family. If the women in your family have a history of this condition, you may develop it as well.
Age: Women who are more than 30 years of age are at greater risk of developing cancerous Fibroids than younger ones.
Weight: Being overweight can cause the growth of uterine Fibroids. The excess weight can cause the Fibroids to become cancerous.
Many women who have Fibroids don’t have any symptoms. In those that do, symptoms can be influenced by the location, size, and number of Fibroids.
See your doctor if you have:
Many women who have cancerous Fibroids have pain in the pelvis or the abdomen and/or a mass (lump) that can be felt. These are signs that the Fibroids are not benign but cancerous.
This symptom is not often evidence of cancer it is still important to have any abnormal bleeding checked right away because there is a slight chance that it might be due to cancer.
A mass in the pelvis might push on the bladder which can cause you to urinate (pee) more often than usual. It might also disturb the bowels and cause constipation.
If you are suffering from one or more of these symptoms you may have fibroid cancer. If so, you must see a doctor.
Most uterine fibroids are not cancerous, nor do they cause symptoms that need professional attention. But some do become cancerous. This cancer can be fatal.
At Chennai Gynecologist you will find many gynecologists who have several years of experience in treating this and other uterine diseases. Therefore, if you come to us, you can rest assured that you will get the best possible treatment.