Fibroids affect approximately three out of four American women. Many women dismiss symptoms of fibroids (also known as myomas) including, heavy monthly periods, pain or pressure between the hip bones or back of the legs, a frequent need to urinate, constipation and bloating and an enlarged abdomen. Fibroid related symptoms cause women to lose an estimated 2-4 million days of productivity a year. African-American women, and those of any race with a family history, are more likely to develop fibroids than other women. It’s estimated that between 50% and 80% of African-American women will develop fibroids. Fibroids are the #1 reason for hysterectomy in this country— up to 75% of hysterectomies done are for this non-cancerous condition that can be treated without surgery!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Health and Wellness Expo at Atlanta Technical College

The Center for Image Guided Medicine at Emory Adventist Hospital participated in the 2012 Health and Wellness Expo at Atlanta Technical College on Thursday, February 23rd. Hundreds of students, professors, community residents and health conscious Atlantans converged on the Brenda Watts Jones Allied Health Building for the annual event.

Marjorie Coley, PR & Marketing Manager for The Center fielded questions from women who are currently suffering from fibroids. Ms. Coley also addressed concerns of young women who have a history of fibroids in their family. One young women talked to Ms. Coley about her recent hysterectomy, saying at age 37, she is now suffering from depression and a loss of libido. 

Ms. Coley greeted the President of Atlanta Technical College (photo below) Dr. Alvetta Peterman Thomas who thanked the Center for participating in the event. The Health and Wellness Expo for next year is already set for February 28th.

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