Some symptoms of fibroids, such as heavy or irregular bleeding, can sometimes mask the presence of uterine cancer.
In general, uterine fibroids themselves do not cause cancer.
Fibroids can be confused with cancer due to some similar symptoms they may cause, such as pelvic pain, abnormal bleeding, and a feeling of fullness in the abdomen.
Additionally, during a physical examination, a doctor might not be able to definitively distinguish between a fibroid and a cancerous mass. Further diagnostic tests, like imaging (ultrasound, MRI) or a biopsy, are usually required to accurately differentiate between the two conditions.
If you have fibroids, there is no need to panic about cancer automatically developing. Regular check-ups with your healthcare provider and monitoring any changes in symptoms will help ensure timely detection and appropriate management if any concerning developments occur.