Fibroids: a common occurrence in women
- Created: April 27, 2009
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CHECK-UP: There is a two-three fold increased risk of developing fibroids if a sister or mother has had them, writes MARION KERR .
When I developed urinary frequency I was surprised to be told it may be caused by pressure from a uterine fibroid.
What exactly are fibroids and how common are they?
Uterine fibroids are benign (non-cancerous) tumours of the smooth muscle cells of the womb. They are very common and may occur in up to 66 per cent of women by the age of 50. Although we don’t know what causes them, there appears to be a familial predisposition, with a two-three fold increased risk of developing fibroids if a sister or mother has had them.
Apart from my urinary problem I have no other symptoms. Is this unusual?
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