Fibroids and Women of African descent.
Thursday 2 June 7-9pm (arrive early)
Science Museums Dana Centre , Science Museum,165 Queens Gate, London SW5:
Tube: South Kensington/Gloucester Roadon District/Circle.Piccadilly line
Entry: Free only if you book in advance over 18's only
Uterine fibroids (singular Uterine Fibroma) are benign tumors which grow from the muscle layers of the uterus. They are the most common benign neoplasm in females. Often asymptomatic, they cause symptoms in about 25% of white and 50% of black women . Uterine fibroids often do not require treatment, but when they are problematic, they may be treated surgically or with medication — possible interventions include a hysterectomy, hormonal therapy, a myomectomy, or uterine artery embolization. Estrogen receptors on uterine fibroids cause fibroids to be larger in reproductive years and shrink dramatically in size after a woman passes through menopause. Uterine fibroids are more common in overweight women and women of African descent.
At one time it was standard procedure to recommend hysteroctomy (removal of the womb) but there are other treatments. We will hear experiences of women who had fibroids and dealt with them viasurgery. We will also hear from a woman who got rid of a 10lb fibroid by dieting and from a consultant gynaecologist.The Dana Centre is open only to those aged 18 or over. Arrive early to get your seat. The cafe will be open