WHAT ARE FIBROIDS?
Uterine fibroids are the most common benign pelvic tumors in women. Fibroids are non-cancerous (benign) tumors that grow from the muscle layers of the uterus (womb). They are also known as uterine fibroids, myomas, or fibromyomas. Fibroids are growths of smooth muscle and fibrous tissue. Fibroids can vary in size, from that of a bean to as large as a melon.
Fibroids affect at least 20% of all women at some time during their life. Women aged between 30 and 50 are the most likely to develop fibroids. Overweight and obese women are at significantly higher risk of developing fibroids, compared to women of normal weight.
Malignant (cancerous) growths on the smooth muscles inside the womb can develop, called leiomyosarcoma of the womb. However, this is extremely rare.
Every 10 minutes 12 hysterectomies are performed in the U.S.
By age 50, 70% of white women and 80% of black women are diagnosed with fibroids.
A large number of women have no symptoms, but many women in their 30s and 40s do.
Often, women suffer in silence with symptoms like heavy bleeding, fatigue, difficult conception and pregnancy, anemia and back pain.
Fibroids cost the U.S. billions of dollars as a result of lost work days, treatments, and pregnancy complications.
Countless women suffer miscarriages because of fibroids.