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Fibroid Growth In Young African Americans

In a new study funded by NIH the rate of fibroid growth was studied in young African Americans.

Uterine fibroids are common, non-cancerous, uterine muscle tumors.

Fibroids are also a common cause of pain, heavy menstrual bleeding, anemia, and pregnancy associated complications.

African American women get uterine fibroids almost 10 years earlier than do white women.

If you have a small fibroid, you are twice as likely to get others than in women who do not have a fibroid seen on ultrasound.

Most fibroids are within the wall of the uterus, and if they are under 3/4 of inch in diameter, they usually grow much more rapidly than larger fibroids.

However, small fibroids have close to a 1/4 chance of disappearing!

You definitely should discuss with your gyno your specific risk factors.


Suzanne Trupin, MD, Board Certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist and owner of Women's Health Practice, Hada Cosmetic Medicine, and Hatha Yoga and Fitness

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