Cheddar News, July 26, 2023- During Fibroid Awareness Month Dr. Yan Katsnelson and patient Eugenia Buie are shining a light on the painful, yet very common condition of uterine fibroids. More from the USA Fibroid Center in Longwood.
“People know about colonoscopy, they know about breast cancer and self-examination, says Dr. Katsnelson, “They need to know about Fibroids. Dr. Katsnelson wants women to know there is a cure and that they’re not alone. He says, “By age 50, up to 80% of black women and 70% of white women suffer from fibroids.” The causes of fibroids are unknown, although female reproductive age is a primary risk factor.
Patient Eugene Buie says these benign tumors that grew in the uterus were taking over her life.
For women who do experience uterine fibroid symptoms, the most common is irregular or heavy bleeding. Abnormal bleeding is anything outside your menstrual cycle, if your flow is significantly heavier than normal, or if you experience any re-occurrence during menopause. This type of bleeding doesn’t always indicate a serious condition, but it’s often linked to uterine fibroids.
Buie says she spent years with severe pain and a heavy flow to the point where she required a blood transfusion. It also took a toll on her mental health. She suffered from panic attacks two years ago.
“Uterine fibroid embolization changed my life.” Eugenia Buie said.
Uterine fibroid embolization UFE or uterine artery embolization (UAE) is a non-surgical treatment option that relieves fibroids without the risks of invasive surgery. UFE offers many benefits to patients.
Bowie works with the Fibroid Fighter Foundation as an ambassador; she empowers other women with treatment information and encourages them not to delay getting help.
Those interested in learning more about fibroids and uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) are encouraged to make an appointment here.
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