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Prominent Chicago Gynecologists Launch Treatment Project To Raise Awareness Among African American Women of Non-Invasive Ultrasound Uterine Fibroid Procedure
Date:2/24/2009

CHICAGO, Feb. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- A project to create awareness among African American women about a non-invasive outpatient uterine fibroid treatment using high energy ultrasound will begin in the Chicago area in March, led by two prominent and well respected African American gynecologists, Dr. Leonard Lawson and Dr. Eric Brown. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, African American women are 2 to 3 times more likely to get uterine fibroids than women of other ethnic groups.

Fibroids are benign growths in a woman's uterus that often cause unwanted symptoms such as abnormal bleeding, painful sex, pelvic pressure, and urinary problems. Certain types of fibroids may be related to infertility, and large fibroids may cause a woman to appear pregnant. A woman with symptomatic fibroids generally has diminished self-esteem, physical ability, and overall quality of life.

Dr. Lawson and Dr. Brown, who are affiliated with Northwestern Memorial and Rush Presbyterian Hospitals respectively, will perform the advanced, non- invasive procedure on African American women, follow their progress, collect data and communicate important information on the procedure to the community. Their hope is to further educate African American women through this outreach effort and that these women will spread the word about this non-invasive fibroid treatment, and allow the community to realize that invasive surgery is not the only solution to fibroids.

"It is important for the African American community to learn about and have access to a non-invasive FDA approved fibroid procedure," said Dr. Lawson, "this is important patient health education and as physicians we owe it to them." The pair believes there should be no disparity or barriers to access for women when it comes to non-invasive procedures and new medical technologies that may benefit them.

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