Do uterine fibroids run in families?

Yes. Particularly in African-American families and more so than other racial groups.

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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Uterine Fibroids

If you have uterine fibroids, you may never even notice that they are there. Ranging from the size of a small seed to grapefruit-sized, fibroids are tumors on the uterus that rarely cause harm. Some women have true discomfort with ...

fibroids, including pain in the abdomen or low back, or pain during sex. Sometimes, uterine fibroids can cause miscarriage, preterm labor, or even lead to infertility. Women in their 40s and 50s, women of African-American descent and women that are overweight are at higher risk of developing fibroids, although an estimated 20-80% of women will have them at some point before they turn 50. If your doctor notices fibroids during an ultrasound or pelvic exam, he or she may want to treat them with medication or surgery.

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