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Do uterine fibroids run in families?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Doctors aren't exactly sure what causes fibroids, but there is evidence that they may run in families. The cause for fibroids may be related to certain genetic factors, so the condition may be inherited. This means that if your mother or sister has had fibroids, you may be at a higher risk for developing them. If you know you have a family history of fibroids, talk to your doctor.

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