FACT SHEET covering top issues on fibroids
- 1Fibroids are a hormone dependent tumor – both estrogen and progesterone is necessary for the fibroid to grow
- 2Women may begin to develop fibroids as young as the early twenties
- 3Fibroids may cause reproductive problems
- 4Some fibroids grow in multiple numbers they often look like a single fibroid due to their tendency to grow in a cluster
- 5The most common symptom of fibroids is abnormal periods
Cancer And Fibroids
Unfortunately, like any tumor, there is a chance of a fibroid being malignant. It therefore has to be removed completely. The chance of having a malignant fibroid is one in one thousand. After a fibroid has been removed, pathologists must look at the mitosis count under a microscope. Suspicious cases require a hysterectomy. Therefore, it is very crucial in fibroid cases that pathological specimen should be optioned, and care has to be significant when doctors remove these fibroids with different techniques. In some procedures, there is a risk of many of the specimen pieces being spilled inside the peritoneal cavity. If it is unknown whether the fibroid is malignant or not, the patient is exposed to significant risk. Therefore we recommend a surgical option for removing fibroids.