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What are Fibroids?

A fibroid is a benign (non cancerous) tumor (growth) in the muscle of the wall of a woman's uterus. It is also known by the names LEIOMYOMA UTERI, LEIOMYOMA, OR MYOMA.

They are an extremely important public health issue, especially for women, because:

they are the commonest tumor that grows in the pelvis of women
50 - 80% of women have them
they are the most common indication for hysterectomy(the most frequently performed major surgical proceedure in the U.S.
they have been responsible at least 1/3 of admissions of women to a gyn hospital service
500,000 - 600,000 hysterectomies are performed in the U.S. annually at a cost of US$4billion. At least 30% of this cost is attributable to fibroids.
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