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Talking to my healthcare provider about my period regularly, ensuring my cycle is discussed as part of my overall wellness routine
Sharing my experience without shame and encouraging my inner circle to tell their own story
Asking my local representative to vote in favor of S.2444/H.R. 2007, the only bill in congress that is focused on providing education and funding for uterine fibroids
An 80 percent incidence of any medical condition is alarming and should be a major public health priority. This staggering statistic fueled the Black Women’s Health Imperative (BWHI) to partner with Hologic to host a multidisciplinary group of celebrities, mediapersonalities, policy makers, doctors, faith leaders and community stakeholders for a closed roundtable discussion to understand and address the barriers that stand in the way of improved outcomes for Black women living with uterine fibroids today and in the future.
An 80 percent incidence of any medical condition is staggering and should be a major public health priority. This staggering statistic fueled the Black Women’s Health Imperative (BWHI) to partner with Hologic to host a multidisciplinary group of health, policy and cultural leaders in a closed roundtable discussion to understand and address the barriers that stand in the way of improved outcomes for women living with uterine fibroids today and in the future.
• In the US, Black women have a three-times greater risk and incidence of fibroids and an earlier onset of symptoms as compared to White women.
• Black women are more than twice as likely to undergo a hysterectomy and have almost a seven-fold increased risk of undergoing myomectomies despite studies that show increased morbidity with both myomectomy and hysterectomy.
• Black women experience higher rates of open hysterectomy for UF treatment, with more complications, contributing to their burden of illness.
“This bill previously introduced in the senate by then Senator Kamala Harris, is now sponsored by Senators Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) As well as Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY)”
Learn more about the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Uterine Fibroid Research and Education Act
“There is not adequate data to understand why Black women are affected more frequently and with more severe complications from uterine fibroids,” Linda Goler Blount, President and CEO of the Black Women’s Health Imperative, said. “Uterine fibroids are a health threat that urgently requires research, community resources, and improved treatment options that preserve fertility. BWHI supports the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Research and Education Act of 2021 because it will increase funding for uterine fibroid research and lead to new evidence-based treatments and cures for women of color.”
Quotes from Our Round Table