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Today is Fibroid Awareness Day ... Five things you should know

Published:Wednesday | May 18, 2016 | 5:02 AM
This diagram shows uterine fibroids, a common medical issue, especially among black women.

Today is National Fibroid Awareness Day. 

In her message to observe the occasion, campaign patron, Lady Allen said although fibroids only affect women, men and families need to be more caring and understanding and should extend greater support to women going through the experience.

Here are five things you should know:

1. Medical estimates indicate that three in four Jamaican women have, or are affected by the non-cancerous tumours called fibroirds which can cause a range of debilitating symptoms.

2. The causes fibroids and why they are so common among black women is still not known.

3. The symptoms are often life-changing and there is a major demand on public health services for fibroid related treatments.

4. Hysterectomies and fibroid removal are currently the main gynaecological surgical procedures in Jamaica and there is a significant wait period for surgical treatments in public hospitals because of the demand.

5. Women affected often miss significant work days, and the financial costs for surgery and care are often a deterrent to seeking treatment.

Throughout this week there are a number of lunch hour meetings at corporate offices and selected hospitals as part of an awareness campaign under the theme 'Get Informed. Take Control. Tell a Friend'

The campaign ends this Saturday with a Free Public Seminar for women affected, at the Karl Hendrickson Auditorium, Jamaica College starting at noon.