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New International Study Shows Women With Symptomatic Fibroids Delaying Treatment Despite Substantial Burden on Quality of Life

One in five women suffer from fibroid symptoms at least 5 years before seeking treatment.

LAS VEGAS, Oct. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- At the annual meeting of the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL), ETHICON Women's Health & Urology today announced results of a seven-country study measuring the effects of uterine fibroids and associated symptoms on quality of life (QoL). Researchers found that one in five women suffer with symptomatic fibroids for more than 5 years before getting medical treatment. Further, despite diagnosis, more than one-third of women remain untreated -- either surgically or medically -- for their fibroids, which means that many women continue to experience symptoms severe enough to affect QoL.

Uterine fibroids are benign tumors made up of fibrous and muscular tissue in the uterine wall. They occur in one third of women over age thirty and are a major reason for hysterectomy worldwide. Women who have uterine fibroids may experience debilitating symptoms such as abnormal bleeding, pain, pressure in the pelvic region, painful intercourse, frequent urination or infertility.

The CHASM (Cross-Sectional Survey of HRQoL And Symptoms of Myoma) study was sponsored by ETHICON and designed to quantify the fibroid burden on a woman's QoL and to better understand current management of symptomatic fibroids. More than 2,500 adult women experiencing fibroid symptoms with a self-reported physician diagnosis or previous treatment for uterine fibroids were surveyed in the United States, Canada and five European countries. Researchers found that:

-- Overall, 22% of women who have been diagnosed with uterine fibroids

waited at least five years before getting treatment.

-- A substantial percentage of women (almost 45% of those diagnosed and

almost 70% of those with symptoms) have not sought any treatment in the

past year

-- Of those who have sought medical care and been diagnosed, more than 36%

have not received surgical or medical treatment, despite reporting

symptoms that interfere with their quality of life

-- Women who have opted for surgical treatment report a better quality of

life outcome than those who have used medication

ETHICON Women's Health & Urology currently is recruiting for two clinical trials to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of Doppler guided Uterine Artery Occlusion (D-UAO) as treatment for the reduction of fibroid-associated bleeding (in the US) and as a treatment for the reduction of fibroid-associated symptoms (in the EU). Details about both studies can be found at:, keyword "doppler guided uterine artery occlusion".

Results of the CHASM study will be presented on October 30, 2008 as part of Plenary Session 7, Management of Myomas, at AAGL's annual meeting. Details about the session can be found at

About Ethicon Women's Health and Urology

ETHICON Women's Health & Urology offers treatment solutions for a range of common, female pelvic health disorders. The technologies are marketed under the GYNECARE family of brands and include treatments for menorrhagia (heavy periods), fibroids, stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. ETHICON Women's Health & Urology is a division of ETHICON, Inc, a Johnson & Johnson company. For more information visit

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