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Title: Burden of Uterine Fibroids: An African Perspective, A Call for Action and Opportunity for Intervention.

Authors: Igboeli, P; Walker, W; McHugh, A; Sultan, A; Al-Hendy, A

Published In Curr Opin Gynecol Obstet, (2019)

Abstract: Black women carry the burden of uterine fibroids, (AKA uterine leiomyomas), at a much higher rate than their racial counterparts. Thus, increasing awareness and discovering a solution to an endemic problem that plagues Sub-Saharan Africa is of critical importance, not only for the region itself, but also for the medical community globally. A collaborative, patient oriented, cost effective, and culturally sensitive approach must be at the forefront of this endeavor. While the exact pathogenesis of uterine fibroid development remains elusive, the racial disparity is well documented. Moreover, in the developed world, women are able to seek treatment through surgical and non-surgical means; however, sub-Saharan regions face their own challenges that, if not addressed, can ultimately extinguish the lives of many suffering women. Unfortunately, the literature is scarce on how to prevent fibroid development, which may be critical for women who do not have access to effective interventions. Recent research from our group and others has shown that vitamin D deficiency plays an important role in fibroid development and may be a preventable risk factor. Daily vitamin D supplementation is a low cost, effective intervention that could be implemented throughout the Sub-Saharan region. Similarly, education and increased awareness as to the nature and symptoms of uterine fibroids could improve the quality of life, remove negative social stigma, and reduce morbidity and mortality rates in women who seek medical care with advanced uterine fibroids.

PubMed ID: 32647835 Exiting the NIEHS site

MeSH Terms: No MeSH terms associated with this publication

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