Uterine Fibroids, what are they?

Fibroids are benign growths that affect the body and lining of the uterus. They can appear on the surface of the uterus (Subserosal), in the uterine body (Intramural), under the lining of the uterine cavity (Submucosal) or hang into the uterine cavity ( Intracavitary). They are very common and can range in size from microscopic to very large filling the entire abdominal cavity. The majority of patients have multiple fibroids. In 1 in 1000 cases they can transform into cancer. Other names for fibroids are: Leiomyoma, leiomyomata and myoma.