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Why Black women are more likely to have fibroids than any other race group

July 31, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Stephanie Odili knew something was wrong when her stomach ballooned to three times its usual size. "It was like I was four months pregnant," the 23-year-old told CNN. It would be the start of a long and painful battle with fibroids.

Although any woman of reproductive age can develop fibroids, Black and African women are more likely to have fibroids than any race group, according to doctors.

A report by the National Center for Biotechnology Information found that Black women are three times more likely to develop fibroids than white women, and are less likely to have small-sized fibroids compared to their counterparts.

"Eventually, I got diagnosed with fibroids in 2001, I was 23," she said

Now 42, she said the fight for an awareness month was to show the world that fibroids are just as important as other medical conditions.

Valbrun added that despite the large numbers of women who have to deal with excruciating pain and other debilitating symptoms, fibroids are not listed on the website of top health organizations like the World Health Organization (WHO).

Women within this age group have their estrogen levels at the highest making them more likely to get fibroids," Dr. Ekwunife told CNN.

But I never imagined fibroids, I just thought it was normal for African women to go through period pain," she explained.

Through her website and social media pages, she is discussing period stigma, and the need to address heavy and painful menstruation with medical experts and women living with fibroids.

Konamah echoed Valbrun's sentiments that more research is needed on fibroids, particularly in Africa where women are not likely to speak out.

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