Mayo Clinic Minute – Black women and uterine fibroids

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July is National Fibroid Awareness Month. Black women in the U.S. are up to three times more likely than white women to develop uterine fibroids. While noncancerous, fibroids can cause painful and excessive uterine bleeding, interfere with everyday life and self-image, and affect fertility.

Symptoms can vary and so can the size and location of the fibroids, says Dr. Michelle Louie, a Mayo Clinic gynecologic surgeon and fibroid specialist. She says treatment options are available and you don’t need to suffer with symptoms.

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