house resolution no.352

Reps. Bolden, Breen, Cherry, Clemente, Garza, Haadsma, Hope, Kuppa, Liberati, Manoogian, Morse, Rabhi, Rogers, Sneller, Steenland, Stone and Weiss offered the following resolution:

A resolution to declare October 2022 as Uterine Fibroids Awareness Month in the state of Michigan.

Whereas   Fibroids may cause significant morbidity through their presence in the uterus and pelvic cavity, causing significant pelvic pain, abnormal uterine bleeding, reproductive dysfunction, miscarriages, and even infertility; and

Whereas, The pain, discomfort, stress, and other physical and emotional symptoms of living with fibroids may significantly interfere with a woman   s quality of life, compromising her ability to function normal, work, or care for her family, and may lead to more severe health and wellness issues; and

Whereas, Uterine fibroids are the most prevalent medical condition affecting women, with an estimated 30 percent of women developing a uterine fibroid by age 35 and 80 percent of women developing a uterine fibroid by age 50; and

Whereas, The exact number of affected women is unknown, as early detection and diagnosis are difficult because only 1 out of 4 women who have uterine fibroid exhibit symptoms severe enough to require treatment; and

Whereas, The overall incidence of uterine fibroids is estimated to disproportionately impact Black and Hispanic women, who also experience more severe symptoms, resulting in an incidence rate that is 3 times greater in women with Black ancestry and 2 times greater in Hispanic women compared to Caucasian women; and

Whereas, A hysterectomy, or removal of the uterus, is among the most common surgical treatments for uterine fibroids. More than 200,000 hysterectomies are performed each year to treat uterine fibroids, at an estimated annual cost of more than $2,000,000,000; and

Whereas, Uterine fibroids have been estimated to cost the United States $5,900,000 to $34,400,000,000 annually with an estimated annual lost work cost of $1,600,000,000 to $17,200,000,000 through absenteeism and short-term disability in women ages 25 to 54; and

Whereas, Public awareness and education campaigns on uterine fibroids prevention, screening, and symptoms are held during the month of September each year; now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives, That the members of this legislative body declare October 2022 as Uterine Fibroids Awareness Month in the state of Michigan. We recognize the disparity in incidence rates for Black and Hispanic uterine fibroid patients and urge greater research, treatment, and care options regarding uterine leiomyoma.