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!
Monday, December 3, 2012
City of Atlanta Hosts Health Talk on Fibroids
Over two hundred City of Atlanta employees took time out their busy schedules to attend a health talk on fibroids, sponsored by The Center for Image Guided Medicine at Emory Adventist Hospital. Medical Director and UFE and Fibroid expert Dr. John Lipman addressed the crowd and answered questions from the audience. Many women were stunned to learn that fibroids are the most common reason why women have a hysterectomy.