According to Health Day News, women wait too long to get treatment for uterine fibroids despite the heavy toll it takes on them. "Women with uterine fibroids wait more than three years on average before seeking treatment, even though symptoms often interfere with their everyday lives, a new survey finds.
These benign tumors affect up to 80 percent of women before the age of 50, and are the leading cause of hysterectomy -- surgical removal of the uterus -- in the United States.
Nearly 1,000 women with fibroids responded to the Harris Interactive survey, and close to one-third of those with jobs said they missed work because of symptoms, including heavy or prolonged menstrual bleeding, cramping and fatigue.
Many of the women expressed concern about fibroid treatment. More than three-quarters said they would prefer noninvasive approaches, more than half wanted to preserve their uterus, and younger women were often focused on preserving their fertility." read more