Fibroid Fighters Join Support of Senator Harris’ Uterine Fibroids legislation that would provide $30 million to fund research and public education
Online PR News – 29-August-2020 – – Fibroid Fighters, a public welfare organization that advocates for awareness, education and effective treatment of uterine fibroids announced today that along with 17 non-profits, it is supporting Senator Kamala Harris’ Uterine Fibroids Research and Education Act that would provide $30 million to fund research and public education about uterine fibroids that affect an estimated 26 million women.
“This bill has enormous promise to improve awareness and access to non-surgical, more advanced and less invasive treatments that allow younger women to keep their uterus and preserve heir reproductive health,” said Dr. Yan Katsnelson, founder of Fibroid Fighters.
Building awareness about uterine fibroids is not only a health equity issue but an economic imperative. Legislators estimate that fibroids cost the U.S. health care system an estimated $9.4 billion annually.
“Millions of women across the country are affected by uterine fibroids, which can present serious health complications,” said Senator Harris.
Uterine fibroids are the leading cause of hysterectomies in the United States. More than 200,000 women in the United States undergo hysterectomies because of fibroids, underscoring the need for more effective and less invasive treatments, according to scientists at Northwestern’s Uterine Leiomyoma Research Center Program.
“Insurance coverage is just as critical as education in reversing the lack of treatment options that leads in millions of women having hysterectomies or suffering in silence,” said Katsnelson. “Non-surgical procedures need to be covered by Medicaid, Medicaid managed care and other health insurance plans including employers’ owned plans.”
Katsnelson, a cardiovascular surgeon, believes that awareness of non-surgical and minimally-invasive treatments are an important component of the bill’s uterine fibroids public education program, such as Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) so younger women can make better-informed choices.
“This legislation is the first step to a better understanding of uterine fibroids’ causes, symptoms, and treatment options.” Katsnelson said.
Fibroid Fighters Centers’ mission is to educate women about uterine fibroids. For more information visit https://www.fibroidfighters.com/.
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