Florida Senate - 2015                            (NP)    SR 1624
       By Senator Thompson
       12-02729-15                                           20151624__
    1                          Senate Resolution                        
    2         A resolution recognizing July 2015 as “Fibroid
    3         Awareness Month” in the State of Florida.
    5         WHEREAS, uterine fibroids, clinically known as uterine
    6  leiomyoma, are the most common benign tumors in the uterus and
    7  the single most common indication for hysterectomy, and
    8         WHEREAS, consequently, uterine fibroids are the leading
    9  cause of loss of reproductive potential, and nearly one-half of
   10  all hysterectomies are performed to address uterine fibroids,
   11  and
   12         WHEREAS, the incidence of uterine fibroids in African
   13  American women is the greatest of any ethnic group, estimated to
   14  be three to four times greater when compared to Caucasian women
   15  and three to five times greater than the general population, and
   16         WHEREAS, as many as three out of four women will have
   17  uterine fibroids during their lives, and up to 80 percent of
   18  women by age 50 will be affected by uterine fibroids, and
   19         WHEREAS, fibroids may cause significant morbidity through
   20  their presence in the uterus and pelvic cavity, and benign
   21  tumors are a significant cause of pelvic pain, abnormal uterine
   22  bleeding, and reproductive dysfunction, and
   23         WHEREAS, the costs to the United States related to uterine
   24  fibroids include costs related to obstetric outcomes attributed
   25  to fibroid tumors, hysterectomy procedures, and lost work due to
   26  absenteeism and short-term disability in women aged 25 to 54,
   27  and
   28         WHEREAS, public awareness would empower and inform
   29  residents of this state about uterine fibroids and would
   30  encourage earlier diagnosis, more research, better treatment
   31  options, and eventually a cure for uterine fibroids, NOW,
   34  Be It Resolved by the Senate of the State of Florida:
   36         That July 2015 is recognized as “Fibroid Awareness Month”
   37  in the State of Florida.