Marshall Leads Bipartisan Bill on Endometriosis Awareness
WASHINGTON D.C. – Congressman Roger Marshall, M.D. and Representative David Scott (D-GA) joined the Endocrine Society and 12 other members of Congress to introduce H.Res. 118. The bipartisan legislation would designate March 2019 as Endometriosis Awareness Month. Endometriosis impacts 1 in 10 women of reproductive age in the United States and an estimated 200 million women worldwide.
“Throughout my career as a physician, I’ve treated hundreds of patients with endometriosis. Women with this disease experience chronic pain, fertility issues, colorectal health issues, fatigue, mental anguish, and much more,” Dr. Marshall said. “While we have advanced our treatment procedures, through surgery, medication, and nutrition, we are still working hard to fully understand this disease.
Despite its prevalence, endometriosis has not received the attention, or the funding, a disease of this severity deserves. This resolution acknowledges both the risks of endometriosis and the shortcomings of current awareness, funding, research, and treatment.
“It is an honor to work with the Endocrine Society and my colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives to establish Endometriosis Awareness Month, bring attention to this important women’s health issue, and shed light on this debilitating disease,” Rep. Scott said. “We must continue our efforts to ensure women receive quality treatment and eliminate the burden of this disease on women’s lives.”
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), up to 50 percent of women with endometriosis are infertile. Establishing Endometriosis Awareness Month is an important step towards highlighting the experiences of women fighting this chronic disorder every day, that still today does not have a cure.
“As we aim to bring awareness by designating this March as Endometriosis Month, my hope is that one day, through awareness efforts like this legislation, that we find a cure,” Dr.Marshall said.“I urge my colleagues to support this resolution and prioritize funding so that women with endometriosis won’t have to go through the heartbreak and struggle to have a baby, or miss out on experiences due to chronic pain.”
Given the wide variety of symptoms, endometriosis can go undiagnosed for years and only present itself once the symptoms are severe. Although it is most common in women in their 30’s and 40’s, it can affect women of all ages.
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