Uterine Fibriods sign now

5O\% of African American women will have a hysterectomy by the age of forty.


Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous tumors made up of muscle and fibrous tissue that develop in the uterine lining and wall. They vary in sizes ranging form the size of a quarter to a grapefruit. The symptoms are severe menstrual cramps, excessive abnormal bleeding which can cause anemia, constipation, painful intercourse and hemorrhoids caused by pressure from their growth.





The overall estimated hysterectomy rate for blacks was 6.2 per 1,000 and 5.9 per 1,000 for other races. The hysterectomy rate for whites was 5.3 per 1,000. The percentage of hysterectomies with a diagnosis of uterine leiomyoma was 68\% among black women, 33\% in white women, and 45\% among women of other races. ( Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)





I am organizing an association for action in opposition to the sharp increase of women having hysterectomies because of Uterine Fibroids. Although uterine fibroids affect all women, African American women are 2 to 3 times more likely to suffer from them than other women.





The percentage of hysterectomies with a diagnosis of uterine leiomyoma was 68\% among black women, 33\% in white women, and 45\% among women of other races (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)





Most women are unaware of how common it is and availability of other alternative treatments such as Uterine Fibroids Embolization. This technique has been used in Europe for years and has been available in the United States for approximately seven years. The procedure attacks the fibroids shrinking them without compromising the reproductive system. Doctors are benefiting from this epidemic by not informing women about alternatives to hysterectomies. Studies and education about controlling them are limited as a result more and more doctors are getting away with sterilizing women. I am asking all women to support the Uterine Fibroid Research and Education Act of 2003. Introduced by Senator Barbara A. Mikulski and Representative Stephanie Tubbs Jones, the act has stalled and is in drastic need of revival. Sign this petition and email your senators to support the revival of the act. African American and all women need to take action have an open dialoged about this silent epidemic.








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