Scientists have gained a better understanding of fibroid tumors, the
often painful uterine growths that affect many women. A new study indicates
that these growths lack a crucial structural protein that keeps cells in place
within a tissue (Genes Chromosomes Cancer. 2004;40:204-217).
About 1 of every 2 to 4 women will have symptoms such as pain during
menstruation and sexual intercourse at some point during their reproductive
years. Fibroids also have been linked to infertility and premature labor and
are the single greatest reason for hysterectomy in the United States.
Hampton T. Fibroid Tumor Clue. JAMA. 2004;292(4):426. doi:10.1001/jama.292.4.426-b