The Fibroid Treatment Collective (http://www.fibroids.com) and its founder Bruce McLucas, M.D., are sponsoring the third annual Fibroid Awareness Week, April 23 – 27, 2012. The week is dedicated to spreading the word about fibroids and empowering women around the world to take control. One out of four women will suffer from fibroids and many will undergo unnecessary hysterectomies. In honor of the week, a number of free events are scheduled to help educate women about the condition and available treatment options.
- 15 Minutes with the Doctor – April 23, 2pm PDT (5pm EDT). Talk to the doctor about fibroids on Facebook. RSVP Online at Facebook.com/fibroids.
- Fibroid Webinar – April 24, 6pm PDT (9pm EDT). A free fibroid webinar to learn about a fibroid treatment that maintains fertility. Register Online.
- 15 Minutes with a Patient - April 25, 4pm PDT (7pm EDT). Talk to a real patient on Facebook. Learn how she took control of her fibroids, ask questions and share your own fibroid journey. RSVP Online at Facebook.com/fibroids.
- Fibroid Seminar @ LA Central Library – April 26, 12:15pm PDT. Learn how to treat fibroids without trauma at the LA Public Central Library (630 W 5th Street). Call 866.362.6463 to reserve your spot.
- Get the Word Out About Fibroids – April 27. Join us on Twitter @FibroidDoctor and Facebook to spread the word about the fibroid epidemic affecting women. Share your story. Take Control.
- Fibroid Seminar – April 28, 9:30am PDT. Learn about fibroids, ask questions, talk to real patients and more at the Sheraton Hotel in Culver City. Register Online.
Fibroids will affect one out of four women over 45 years of age. African American women have the highest incidence of fibroids. While many fibroids are small and won’t need treatment, others can grow and spread aggressively. For many women, the treatment option is hysterectomy. 600,000 hysterectomies are performed each year. More than a third of those are fibroid-related – many of which are unnecessary. Hysterectomy should be the last option for fibroid treatment, not the first.
“During the third annual Fibroid Awareness Week, we felt it important to focus on the availability of treatment options outside of hysterectomy and that having fibroids doesn’t mean the end to a woman’s fertility,” said Dr. McLucas, a board certified obstetrician and gynecologist. Concern for the high number of hysterectomies and dissatisfaction with other treatment outcomes led Dr. McLucas to become a non-invasive treatment advocate. His goal, and the mission of the Fibroid Treatment Collective, is to ensure women with fibroids know all the options when it comes to treatment.
Fibroid Treatment Collective advocates embolization as a safe alternative to other fibroid treatments as it is minimally invasive. In gynecology, embolization has long been used to reduce post operative bleeding during uterine surgery and to treat post partum bleeding. Founding members of the Fibroid Treatment Collective noticed another important effect. It shrunk fibroids. Dr. McLucas is one of the only gynecologists in America qualified to perform embolization.
Important facts about fibroids and fibroid treatments include:
- 1 out of 4 women over age 45 will have uterine fibroids. African American women have the highest incidence of fibroids. At least 50 percent will have symptoms severe enough to require treatment.
- Uterine fibroids cost the U.S. health care system anywhere from $5.9 billion to $34.4 billion a year. The costs stem largely from lost work and disability.
- Approximately 600,000 hysterectomies are performed annually in the United States, more than a third are fibroid-related.
- More than $5 billion dollars is spent on hysterectomies annually, and up to 144 million work hours are lost due to procedure recovery.
- Approximately 660 women die each year in the United States due to complications from a hysterectomy.
- An estimated 25,000 uterine artery embolization (UAE) procedures have been performed worldwide.
- Embolization is recognized as an effective procedure by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and is a covered benefit by all public and private health insurance plans.
For more information on Fibroid Awareness Week, visit www.fibroids.com or call 866.362.6463;
Twitter @FibroidDoctor; or like us at Facebook.com/fibroids.