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Lady Allen | I encourage men to be more caring and understanding

Published:Wednesday | May 18, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Lady Allen

As patron, I am very pleased to be joining Caribbean Woman for this year's observance of National Fibroids Awareness Week, as they continue the quest to bring attention to and provide support for women affected by uterine fibroid.

Uterine fibroids, also called 'growth' locally, are among the most common unpreventable ailments affecting women of African descent in their reproductive years. Fibroid affects women of all ages and about 20 to 80 per cent of ethnic women develop fibroids by the time they reach age 50. Our Jamaican women are by nature predisposed to this illness and are affected in high numbers.

A fibroid diagnosis can negatively affect a woman's self-confidence, cause her intense pain and affect the intimacy in her relationship. Therefore, I encourage that men be more caring and understanding towards their spouses and that families extend greater support to their women going through the experience.

While not proffering prevention, I urge that women take good care of their health by practising proper nutrition, keeping the appropriate body mass index and exercising regularly. This illness does not define you. Your strength and courage does!

Winston Churchill reminds us that, "Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen." The campaign, 'Caribbean Woman Addressing Uterine Fibroids - Get Informed. Take Control. Tell a Friend', is a vital resource to help our women gain courage and stay encouraged in the fight to holistic wellness.

It is my hope that this year's public education campaign will meet its targeted intent, through the 'workplace conversations', public seminar and other channels designed for sharing information on the real issues surrounding fibroids.

I extend best wishes to you for a successful week of activities.

Her Excellency

The Most Hon

Lady Allen