Uterine Fibroids 101


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As many as 75 percent of women develop uterine fibroids, yet few are aware of this women's health issue. Cristen and Caroline break down what fibroids are, when they should be treated and why African-American women are at a higher risk of developing them.

Episode Sources:

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