Media Alert – Every 10 Minutes, 12 Women Undergo Hysterectomy in the U.S.

MEDIA ALERT EVERY 10 MINUTES, 12 WOMEN IN THIS COUNTRY UNDERGO A HYSTERECTOMY, MOST UNECESSARILY* Interventional Radiologists announce Fibroid Embolization can help stem tide of unnecessary hysterectomies; gets women back to their lives sooner WHO: Dr. Martha Grace Knuttinen, Interventional Radiologist and Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois Chicago Medical Center: Dr. Derrick West, […]

MEDIA ALERT

EVERY 10 MINUTES, 12 WOMEN IN THIS COUNTRY UNDERGO A HYSTERECTOMY, MOST UNECESSARILY*

Interventional Radiologists announce Fibroid Embolization can help stem tide of unnecessary hysterectomies; gets women back to their lives sooner

WHO: Dr. Martha Grace Knuttinen, Interventional Radiologist and Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois Chicago Medical Center:
Dr. Derrick West, Interventional Radiologist, Advocate South Suburban Hospital

WHAT: Press Conference to educate the public on a non-surgical, minimally invasive procedure to treat fibroids, avoid hysterectomies.

WHEN: Tuesday, June 22, 2010; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (Refreshments served)

WHERE: 150 N. Michigan Ave., 28th Flr.; Chicago, IL. 60601

WHY: According to the National Uterine Fibroid Foundation there are 12 hysterectomies performed every 10 minutes, and nine of them will not meet the standards set by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.* Over $5 billion annually is spent on the procedure alone without consideration to the time loss from work and other activities. For every 10,000 hysterectomies performed, 11 women die and approximately 660 women die each year in the United States from complications of hysterectomy. Hysterectomy has been the preferred treatment for fibroids. It is estimated that over 50% of all women will develop uterine fibroids. African American women are at a significantly higher risk for uterine fibroids with an estimated incidence of up to 80%. One in four will experience symptoms including heavy bleeding, painful periods, pelvic pressure, frequent urination, pain during intercourse and lower back pain. While some women do not experience any of the symptoms of fibroids, the location and size of fibroid tumors can cause symptoms that can dramatically affect a woman’s quality of life.

This press conference is to educate the public on the minimally invasive treatment for fibroid tumors using bio-engineered microspheres in a procedure called Uterine Fibroid Embolization or UFE. Uterine fibroids are benign (non-cancerous) tumors that grow on or within the muscle tissue of the uterus. Millions of women suffer with symptomatic uterine fibroids.

The UFE procedure typically takes less than an hour and requires only a small incision. UFE blocks the blood supply to the uterine fibroids, causing them to shrink. As one of the alternatives to hysterectomy, UFE is clinically proven to reduce the major symptoms of uterine fibroids. UFE is performed by an Interventional Radiologist, a medical doctor specially trained in minimally invasive and image guided procedures.

PARTICIPANTS: Dr. Martha Grace Knuttinen, Interventional Radiologist and Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois Chicago Medical Center; Dr. Derrick West, Interventional Radiologist Advocate South Suburban Hospital and UFE patients who previously suffered from fibroids.

“Women are suffering in silence and are not getting information on this minimally invasive treatment that can significantly improve the quality of their lives and have them back on
their feet within days, not weeks to months as with a traditional hysterectomy,” said Patricia Andrews-Keenan of GoldStar Communications.

For more information on the UFE procedure visit the Ask 4 UFE website.

Contact: P. Andrews-Keenan
312-206-2821
PKeenan@goldstarC.com

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