Uterine Fibroid: A Hidden Epidemic amongst Black Women? Is a part of our Learn and Share Series, which aims are giving back to the Society in the form of sharing knowledge that has been acquired over time.
In this series, Ijeoma Nwamuo shares on Fibroid, the epidemic that has been ravishing our women, vis-à-vis finding out why this is so common and its genetic connection with women of African descent.
Fibroid, as commonly known around the world, has been described as a benign tumour that grows within the walls of the uterus.
According to Wikipedia, Fibroid is a term used for two different types of tumors:
- Fibroids is the common term for uterine fibroids; leiomyoma or myoma originating in the uterus. It is a benign neoplasm composed of smooth muscle cells.
- A fibroid tumor is another name for a fibroma, a tumor of fibrous connective tissue.
Is Fibroid Genetic?
Research findings have also shown that there is a much higher incidence of this health problem amongst women of African ancestry, hence resulting in the question of whether or not there is a link to our genes (genetic make-up) or our food culture.
In fact, I had read an article where a woman described the greasy nature of our food, our failure to consume adequate amounts of fruits/vegetables and lack of physical exercises as some of the reasons why many black women suffer from the disease.
I have also come to understand that:
- There are different categories of fibroid depending on the location of the tumour on the walls of the uterus
- Fibroid is common amongst women ages 29-40
- Fibroid’s symptoms could include: excessive blood loss during menstruation, lower back pain, anaemia, miscarriage etc.
- Fibroid could be treated if detected early and so hysterectomy is not the only option.
- If left untreated, fibroid could cause more problems especially when a woman is ready to have children.
So my people, I would like to suggest that you read up on this issue as there is a wealth of information online (Google), talk to your doctor, pass on the information and also take good care.
As always, it’s good to learn and share, do not hide your knowledge, for when you share knowledge, you give birth to a new kind of reasoning.
Written by Ijeoma Nwamuo