Sharon Stone has revealed that she needs to have a fibroid tumor removed and said she only learned about the tumor after first being misdiagnosed.
After suffering “worsening pain,” she sought out a second opinion that led to the current diagnosis.
“I have a large fibroid tumor that must come out,” she continued.
Stone did not say what her initial diagnosis was.
A fibroid tumor, or uterine fibroid, is a noncancerous growth in the uterus. According to the Mayo Clinic, the size of fibroid masses can vary greatly, ranging from “undetectable by the human eye” to “bulky masses that can distort and enlarge the uterus.”
In addition to causing pelvic pressure and pain for some, fibroids can also lead to heavy menstrual bleeding, frequent urination and constipation. While many with fibroid tumors experience no symptoms at all, in rare cases, when a tumor outgrows its blood supply and begins to die, it can cause acute pain.
Fibroids can also cause an increase in the risk of infertility, pregnancy loss and early labor, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine.
After learning of her diagnosis, Stone is now urging her followers to be their own advocates and take action when it comes to their health.
Stone has long been an advocate for women’s health and has spoken openly about her own health struggles. In 2011, the “Casino” star had a stroke, and on her path to parenthood, the mother of three suffered nine miscarriages before adopting her sons.
In June, when speaking out about such pregnancy losses, Stone wrote, “Female health and wellness left to the care of the male ideology has become lax at best, ignorant in fact, and violently oppressive in effort.”
As for her current condition and treatment, the actor now looks forward to healing.
“I’ll be down for 4-6 weeks for full recovery,” she explained, adding, “Thx for your care.”