It is believed that fibroids affect about 80% of women although most of them are unaware that they have these tumors because they produce no signs and symptoms of uterine fibroids. These tumors may be discovered during normal pelvic exams. Fibroids are noncancerous (benign) growths that commonly appear in or on the uterus. Fibroids are not usually an issue if they remain small and produce no symptoms. They become a problem when they start increasing in size to the point of pressing upon surrounding organs such as the bladder.
They also become a problem when they cause pain, heavy bleeding, infertility, constipation, frequent urination, prolonged periods, etc.
While it is unknown why fibroids develop in the first place, there are a number of risk factors that have been identified. One of the risk factors is race.
For unknown reasons, black women have been identified as having a higher risk of developing fibroids than women of other races. Mathematically, black women are believed to be three times as likely to develop fibroid tumors as white women. The risk of developing uterine fibroids in Hispanic and Asian women is believed to be similar to that for white women although the studies only included small numbers of Hispanic and Asian women.
African vs. African American Women
Most of the studies on black women and fibroids have been mostly conducted in the US and Europe. There have been only a few studies conducted with African women to determine whether the same level of risk is prevalent in African women as it is in African-American women as well as other black women in other parts of the world. Despite this, it is believed that black women around the world have similar risk of developing uterine fibroids as African-American women.
Symptoms of Uterine Fibroids
In addition to black women developing fibroids in greater numbers than women of other racial/ethnic backgrounds, black women also develop fibroids at an earlier age and suffer from more symptomatic fibroid tumors than women of other races.
It remains unknown why black women at greater risk of developing fibroid tumors and unfortunately there remains limited research into this disease and why it develops in women and also why black women are affected the most.
Could there be gender bias and even racism in the lack of many large scale studies into this condition as well as the development of many treatment options? Maybe.
Black Women and Hysterectomy
The hysterectomy is the second most common surgical procedure in women each year (after the caesarean section). Despite the significant number of hysterectomies performed each year, only about 10% of those performed each year have been necessary as determined by various studies.
While black women are 3 times more likely to develop fibroids compared to women of other races, the following have been discovered about hysterectomies performed on black women per a Maryland study;
- Black women are 25 percent more likely to have this surgery than white women,
- Black women who had a hysterectomy performed suffered more complications and were hospitalized for longer than white women, and
- Black women were at least 3 times more likely to die from this procedure than white women.
Until studies are able to determine why fibroids develop and also why black women are at an increased risk of these tumors, it is important for women and especially black women to take a proactive approach. It is important to review all the other uterine fibroids risk factors as well as steps that you can take to reduce your risk of developing this condition.
Taking important steps to improve your health by adopting the right habits will not only help you fight uterine fibroids naturally but will also help to prevent future recurrence, all without having a life changing hysterectomy procedure performed.
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