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Uterine Fibroids

What are Uterine Fibroids?

Uterine fibroids are benign tumors or lumps made of muscle cells and other tissues that grow within the wall of the uterus. Fibroids may grow as a single tumor or in clusters. Uterine fibroids are not cancerous and are associated with cancer in less than 0.1 percent of cases. Having fibroids does not increase one’s risk for uterine cancer.

Internet Resources

MedlinePlus: Uterine Fibroids
Developed at the National Library of Medicine specifically for consumers, this site is a portal for both government-sponsored and privately developed health information for the lay public.

Center for Uterine Fibroids: About Fibroids
This organization is devoted to defining the causes of fibroid-related symptoms by investigating the hormonal, genetic and molecular processes of fibroid growth and development; developing and testing innovative treatment options for uterine fibroids; and providing current scientific information (in English and Spanish) and resources to women with fibroids and to their health-care providers.

National Women’s Health Information Center
NWHIC is sponsored by the federal government, as a service of the Office on Women’s Health within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


  • Interventional radiology in women’s health. Siskin G. 2009
  • Uterine fibroids: the complete guide. Stewart, E. 2007
  • Fibroids: The Complete Guide to Taking Charge of Your Physical, Emotional, and Sexual Well-being. Skilling J. 2006.

The following resources are available in print at the Health Learning Center or electronically at http://www.nmh.org/nm/health library virtual library:

  • Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine. Longe JL, ed. 2009.
  • Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine. Longe JL, ed. 2011.
  • Gale Encyclopedia of Surgery. Senagore AJ, ed. 2009.

Journal Articles

  • “Alternatives to hysterectomy.” Stovall DW. Menopause. 18(4):437-44. April 2011
  • “What to do about fibroids. New options for managing troublesome fibroids continue to appear. Here’s help in finding what’s best for you. Harvard Women’s Health Watch. 15(11):3-5. July 2008.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact the Alberto Culver Health Learning Center.

Last UpdateOctober 29, 2012