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U-FIGHT Act Introduced to Promote Progress in Fibroid Disease Management

June 07,2024

Uterine fibroids are noncancerous tumors that develop in and around the uterus. For some women, fibroids do not exhibit any symptoms and may go unnoticed. While others face severe symptoms such as heavy bleeding, cramping, back pain, etc., and require treatment. These symptoms disproportionately impact Black women. Compared to other races, women of African American descent are more likely to develop fibroids. This means that by age 50, nine out of ten Black women (80% of the American women population) will have fibroids, according to the latest findings.

The U-FIGHT Act: Promoting Early Detection and Treatment

Congresswoman Shontel Brown (OH)has introduced the Uterine Fibroid Intervention and Gynecological Health and Treatment Act (U-FIGHT Act), taking a critical step forward in raising awareness about the need for more research on fibroid disease and addressing the existing disparity of healthcare access for Black women

Previously introduced by Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke as The Stephanie Tubbs Jones Uterine Fibroid Research and Education Act of 2022, this bill seeks to increase funding for fibroid research, enhance healthcare professional training and public awareness and assess the financial strain placed on healthcare systems.

Congresswoman Clarke (NY) also urged the Biden-Harris administration’s White House Initiative on Women’s Health Research to prioritize fibroid research funding. She emphasized the widespread occurrence, economic costs, and critical need for improved diagnosis and treatment options for fibroids. 

The legislation now being moved by Congresswoman Shontel Brown aims to empower women with the following:

  • Early Detection: By promoting access to screenings and patient navigation services, the U-FIGHT Act encourages early identification of fibroids, allowing for timely intervention through diagnosis and treatment.
  • New and Improved Treatments: The Act prioritizes research on minimally invasive and non-surgical treatment options and addresses pain management issues for fibroid-related surgeries.
  • Education and Awareness: Public awareness campaigns will equip women with knowledge about fibroids, fostering informed decision-making regarding their health.
  • Research Advancements: The U-FIGHT Act supports vital research into the causes of fibroids, particularly the factors contributing to the disproportionate impact on Black women and complications caused by fibroid removal surgeries 

Why U-FIGHT Act Has Widespread Backing

The U-FIGHT Act has gained extensive support from healthcare organizations, patient advocacy groups, and medical professionals, including Fibroid Fighters. This joint effort recognizes the Act’s potential to transform women’s healthcare by:

  • Reducing Reliance on Invasive and Surgical Procedures: Early detection can prevent the need for drastic measures like hysterectomies, preserving women’s reproductive options.
  • Improving Quality of Life: By taking into account the painful symptoms and discomfort associated with fibroids, the Act empowers women to live healthier and stress-free lives.
  • Closing the Racial Gap: The U-FIGHT Act prioritizes the specific needs of Black women, aiming to dismantle healthcare disparities and ensure equitable access to quality care.

The U-FIGHT Act proves to be a strong step forward in the fight for fibroid research treatment developments and equal health care opportunities for Black women. Continued advocacy and support are essential to ensure the Act’s passage and implementation. By working together, we can create a healthcare system that prioritizes the well-being of all women, regardless of race or ethnicity.

There is Hope

If you are suffering from fibroids, you’re not alone. You do not have to live with pain and discomfort. USA Fibroids Centers offers uterine fibroid embolization (UFE), a non-surgical, minimally invasive treatment that preserves your uterus and gets you back into the everyday routine. Download our new period tracker on our website to easily manage your symptoms. Subscribe to our newsletter to stay informed about the latest news on fibroids and updates from our Fibroid Fighters Foundation.

Fibroid Fighters endorses the U-Fight Act along with The White Dress Project, The Fibroid Foundation, Black Health Matters, Ohio Physicians for Reproductive Rights, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Birthing Beautiful Communities, The Center for Black Health & Equity, University Hospitals, Cleveland Clinic, and MetroHealth.

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