Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated – San Diego Alumnae Chapter is proud to announce the passing of the resolution for California to recognize July as Fibroid Awareness Month sponsored by Assemblywoman Dr. Shirley Weber. The chapter is honored to be bringing awareness about uterine fibroids to the state of California.
This effort is in support of Congressional House resolution proclaiming July Fibroids Awareness Month nationally – introduced in the U.S. House by Congressman David Scott (GA-13) under the efforts of The White Dress Project –Chapter.
Uterine fibroids are the most common noncancerous tumors that grow in the wall of the uterus (womb) in women of childbearing age with no scientific confirmation on what causes the tumors. Roughly 20 percent – 80 percent of women develop fibroids by age 50. African-American women are more than five times more likely to develop Uterine Fibroids than other races. Uterine Fibroids have an array of adverse effects that range from heavy bleeding, cramping, infertility, miscarriage, and onset of early labor.
Further, the differences in the prevalence rates and the magnitude of the condition could be impacted by the differences in access and use of health care services.
Uterine fibroid data results from the 2005 California Women’s Health Survey states, African American women reported the highest rates (25.9 percent), followed by Whites (16.8 percent), and Hispanics (7.0 percent). The Office of Women’s Health – California Department of Health Care Services and California Department of Public Health encourages education and research on the condition to increase knowledge of uterine fibroids, improvement in methods of treatment, and develop alternatives to hysterectomies.
To initiate the discussion on the topic – Soror Edwards and the members of San Diego Alumnae Chapter provided the city of San Diego with a women’s health forum “The Silent Fight in April of 2018. The forum was led by an esteemed panel of medical professionals (all chapter sorors) that discussed the disparities in research, dietary implications, surgery options, and the psychological issues of coping with fibroids. The forum was supported but partners like Live Well San Diego and collaborations with San Diego County Black Infant Health Program and National Council of Negro Women, San Diego.
San Diego Alumnae chapter is looking forward to collaborating with OBGYNs and other subject matter experts throughout California to bring:
o promote more education
o promote simple discussion
o promote early detection
o raise funds for minority research
o promote where minorities can participate in research so we can determine why we are so at risk
o address lack of coverage and cost for patients
o raise funds for research on less invasive procedure
You will find the state resolution here: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180ACR257
On behalf of the chapter I extend a sincere congratulations to the Program Planning & Development and Social Action Committees your diligence, compassion and commitment made this happen. We could not be more proud of this major accomplishment.
In the Sisterhood,
Rachel Thomas, President
San Diego Alumnae Chapter