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Facing up to fibroids*

Fact: Most women will get fibroids. By the age of 50, 80 per cent of black women and 70 per cent of white women develop these benign tumours that grow within the wall of the uterus, according to the National Institutes of Health. But if fibroids are so common, why do we hear so little about them? The reality is that the growths can be so small, they don’t cause any problems—and many women never know they have them.

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But in certain cases, larger tumours can lead to unpleasant symptoms, fertility issues, and pregnancy complications.

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To learn more about the signs of uterine fibroids, we spoke with Charles Ascher-Walsh, MD, associate professor of gynaecology, obstetrics and reproductive medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City.

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“We don’t really understand why some women get them and some don’t,” he says. Doctors believe genetics play a role, but since fibroids are so prevalent, other factors are likely involved as well, he explains.

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