National Public Education Program to Include Non-Invasive and Affordable Treatments
Northbrook, IL, August 10, 2020—Fibroid Fighters, a public welfare organization created to advance women’s’ health and the safe and effective treatment of uterine fibroids, joins 14 major health organizations in support of the Uterine Fibroids Research and Education Act, introduced last week by Senator Kamilla Harris and Congresswoman Yvette Clarke that will provide funding for research and education for a condition that affects an estimated 26 million Americans.1
Fibroid Fighters supports evidence-based policy and legislative solutions designed to eliminate uterine fibroids as a major health problem for women encouraging elected officials and candidates to make fibroid awareness and treatment options available and affordable to all women.
“Fibroid disease is a curable condition that must be addressed at an earlier age to provide more opportunity for women to fulfill their potential,” said Harvard-trained cardiovascular surgeon Yan Katsnelson, M.D., who is the non-profit’s founder. “The bill is an important step to making women’s health a priority, especially the burden it places on racial and ethnic groups who are disproportionately and more severely affected by fibroids.”
There is a lack of awareness and prioritization about uterine fibroids as an important health issue, despite it being the most common gynecological condition. Uterine fibroids, non-cancerous growths, are the leading cause of hysterectomies in the United States.2 An estimated 75% of reproductive-age women have uterine fibroids and about 25% of them suffer from symptoms including pelvic pain, heavy menstrual bleeding, pregnancy loss and infertility. The occurrence and severity of symptoms are even higher among African American women.3
Keona Doe, a Fibroid Fighter brand ambassador, is a young 27 year-old mother of three who underwent a hysterectomy in February due to a massive fibroid tumor. Doe, who lives in XX, was treated for a year with medication unsuccessfully was unaware of uterine fibroids and had no family history. She is now committed to helping other women become aware of fibroid symptoms. “Do your research along with what the medical doctors have informed you with,” Doe advises.
Building awareness about uterine fibroids is not only a health equity issue but an economic imperative according to Senator Kamala D. Harris, (D-CA) who introduced the bill last week. She and Congresswoman Yvette Clarke (NY-11) estimate that uterine fibroids cost the U.S. health care system an estimated $9.4 billion annually.  The Uterine Fibroid Research and Education Act would help spread information on available treatment options for this debilitating disease that affects one in three women.
Fibroid Fighters UFE Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) needs to be an important component of the proposed public education program because it would enable the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to disseminate information that would empower women to make better informed choices and seek help sooner.
“The benefits of UFE include avoiding surgery, anesthesia and a hospital stay that clearly demonstrates why it should be considered the “gold standard” of treatment for Fibroid disease in symptomatic women who have failed conservative therapy,” said Katsnelson, who has been recognized as a national thought leader on healthcare. “UFE enables interventional radiologists to offer individualized treatment in an outpatient setting to patients that preserves fertility which is a significant benefit over traditional hysterectomy.” The FDA-approved treatment has an 85 to 95 percent success rate.
During a UFE procedure, an interventional radiologist uses ultrasound mapping to locate fibroids and a tiny catheter is inserted and injects embolic material into the uterine artery. This material blocks the fibroid’s blood supply and nutrients, which causes it to shrink and eventually wither away.
UFE needs national and state approval by Medicaid, Medicaid managed care organizations, and healthcare insurance plans including employers’ owned plans to ensure that women get needed treatment.  “If left undetected, fibroids can continue to grow and cause increased symptoms, impact fertility, and potentially harm surrounding organs,” Katsnelson said. “It is vital this this act is supported for better understanding and awareness of uterine fibroids, symptoms, and treatment options.”
Fibroid Fighters Centers’ mission is to educate women about uterine fibroids and all available treatments. For more information, visit here or call 855-615-2555.
1 Kamala Harris Introduces Bill on Uterine Fibroids
2 and 3 New Study May Lead to Fewer Hysterectomies in Women with Uterine Fibroid Tumors
About Fibroid Fighters
The Fibroids Fighters Foundation is a public welfare organization created to advance the cause of women’s’ health and the safe and effective treatment of uterine fibroids. It seeks to educate the American public about the health, social and economic damages caused by uterine fibroids diseases and focus on research and advances in fibroid disease treatment.