Facts regarding uterine fibroids
Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous, smooth muscle tumors that form on the wall of the uterus, and they usually develop after puberty, typically after age 30. While they are usually benign, there are risks of metastasis when a power morcellator is used in surgery to remove these fibroids.
The Center for Innovative Gyn Care listed the following facts regarding uterine fibroids:
- The development of uterine fibroids in women is common, and approximately 80% of the female population has fibroids.
- Uterine fibroids, also called leiomyomas, are not relative to the risk of uterine cancer.
- The growth of uterine fibroids is generally unpredictable. It may be fast or slow or stay the same. They may grow significantly or shrink.
- About 1 in 1000 women has the risk of leiomyosarcoma, a rare form of cancer.
While uterine fibroids are not dangerous, power morcellation (the breaking down of large tissue into small fragments) may spread these cells throughout the body and put the patient at risk of leiomyosarcoma.