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Health Agencies Update
July 28, 2004

Fibroid Tumor Clue

JAMA. 2004;292(4):426. doi:10.1001/jama.292.4.426-b

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.

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