By Erin N. Marcus, Published: March 24
By age 50, about seven out of 10 white women and more than eight out of 10 black women in the United States have a condition about which they may not even be aware: fibroids, or noncancerous tumors in the muscles of the uterus.
These growths often are small and don’t cause symptoms; they may wax and wane over time. But it is not unusual for them to occur in clusters and to enlarge the uterus to the size of an advanced stage pregnancy. Large fibroids can cause symptoms such as heavy bleeding, the need to urinate frequently, constipation, bloating and pain.