Overview

American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology

Uterine fibroids are (not cancer) growths that develop from the muscle tissue of the uterus. They also are called leiomyomas or myomas. The size, shape, and location of fibroids can vary greatly.

Mayo Clinic

Uterine fibroids are noncancerous growths of the uterus that often appear during childbearing years. Also called leiomyomas (lie-o-my-O-muhs) or myomas, uterine fibroids aren't associated with an increased risk of uterine cancer and almost never develop into cancer, B

MedlinePlus.gov

Uterine fibroids are common. As many as 1 in 5 women may have fibroids during their childbearing years. Half of all women have fibroids by age 50.  Fibroids are rare in women under age 20. They are more common in African-Americans than Caucasians. 

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