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Leiomyomas are unusual tumors that can occur anywhere in the body, even on the most vital organs. They range in size from smaller than a pimple to as large as a grapefruit. Because they tend to be slow in causing symptoms and are relatively rare, experts still have a lot to learn about how each of the subtypes develop and how to deal with them when they do.

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1. Types of Leiomyomas

Also known as fibroids, leiomyomas are masses in smooth muscle tissue that can cause health issues, depending on their location. While most are benign, approximately 0.23 percent become cancerous. There are many subtypes within three clinically distinct classifications: piloleiomyoma, angioleiomyoma, and genital leiomyoma.

Leiomyoma smooth muscle tissue Hailshadow / Getty Images
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