Endometriosis, Endomarch Greece
Crippling pain, cramps, pain during sexual intercourse, infertility, and other severe and sometimes
life-threatening medical consequences affect an estimated 1 in 10 women and girls, usually of reproductive age who do not know that those symptoms may be because of endometriosis. And if 1 in 10 doesn’t sound a lot, let me tell you that this number means roughly 200 million people worldwide and about ten times the prevalence of autism making endometriosis (including adenomyosis) the third leading cause of gynecologic hospitalization and the leading cause of the estimated 600,000 hysterectomies performed each year in the U.S.
WHAT IS ENDOMETRIOSIS
According to Mayo Clinic “endometriosis is an often painful disorder in which tissue that normally lines the inside of our uterus — the endometrium — grows outside our uterus (endometrial implant). Endometriosis most commonly involves our ovaries, bowel or the tissue lining our pelvis. Rarely, endometrial tissue may spread beyond our pelvic region.” Effective treatments are available, but unfortunately those afflicted face unacceptably lengthy diagnostic delays of up to 10 years or more.
WHY DOES DIAGNOSIS OF ENDOMETRIOSIS TAKE SO LONG
According to Dr. Georgios Hilaris – Surgeon, Gynaecologist- Oncologist – M.D., FΑCOG, “endometriosis is characterized by a lengthy diagnosis because when for example, it affects women still in adolescence; symptoms are rarely taken into account and judged as “normal” by the paediatrician or gynaecologist. Many women are thus, taken to surgery one, two or even more times because of improper initial treatment and relapse of the initial symptoms even after a very short time. For this reason, early diagnosis of the disease is necessary not only to avoid pain and consequences such as infertility but also multiple operations.”
ENDOMARCH, TIME TO END THE SILENCE
The ENDOMARCH WORLDWIDE movement started in the USA and is currently running in 58 cities around the world raising awareness about this serious but yet ignored public health crisis that inflicts millions of women around the world. Drs. Camran, Farr, Ceana, and Azadeh Nezhat, the founders of the Worldwide ENDOMARCH, decided to take action and launch a global movement, so that all endometriosis sufferers and supporters could unite and work together to get the word out that endometriosis is not just ‘bad cramps’, but is actually a serious disease with potentially severe medical consequences if left untreated.
This year, Greece is taking part in this global movement for the first time. A number of actions will be taking place with the ENDOMARCH-Greece RUN&WALK event being the most important. The ENDOMARCH-Greece RUN&WALK is a 5km-race that will take place together with a 2.5km-walk in the streets of Filothei–PsychikoMunicipality. The events are organized by the non-profit organization “AWARE”.
La Grèce J’aime will be there on 3rd April 2016 to help raise awareness on endometriosis and we are of course inviting you all to follow our example!
For some women getting informed for endometriosis is going to be a struggle, for others just a stroll but we will all be there on 3rd April 2016 to support them and be informed!
If you live in Greece, you can join the movement on www.endomarch.gr. If you live elsewhere, you can look for more information on www.endomarch.org
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