I never was one to look at the numbers, but they are astonishing! Approximately 30% of women in the United States have symptomatic uterine fibroid at any given time – and 60% will have had them by the age of 50! The numbers are even higher for African American women – who are 2/3 times more likely to develop symptomatic uterine fibroids. If you do the math, we are talking about a lot of women.
As a new member of the Fibroid Relief team, I just read an article that announced that The National Institutes of Health (NIH) committed approximately $40 million research dollars in 2009 to comparative effectiveness research involving medical devices. A very small portion of these funds is going toward a study on UFE (uterine fibroid embolization) vs. focused ultrasound treatment for uterine fibroids. These are two minimally-invasive treatment options that have already, or will provide many women with life changing relief from their fibroids.
The Federal Government is starting to listen but this is only a SMALL drop in the research funding budget for a medical disorder that affects millions of women. These are mothers, sisters, aunts, grandmothers and friends whose quality of life are affected on a daily basis.
We at Fibroid Relief are taking your stories, your questions and your concerns,and sharing them with representatives in the healthcare research community on the federal level and beyond. Our hope is to make a positive impact that will ultimately result in greater funding dollars to uterine fibroid research AND bring much needed visibility to this disease as a major health issue for women.
Talk with you soon,