March is Endometriosis Awareness Month! Organizations all around the world have dedicated this month to increasing awareness, raising funds, and holding public events to unite people who suffer from (and medical professionals who treat) Endometriosis. This disease affects hundreds of millions of women around the world and takes an average of 10 years to be properly diagnosed and treated (1). Women are shuffled from doctor to doctor (who continuously can’t find a reason for the symptoms) and are oftentimes told the pain is all in their head. Clearly, there is a growing need for doctors and medical professionals who understand Endometriosos and its associated issues. With help from organizations like Endo March, Endometriosis is finally beginning to receive the attention it deserves. We have a long way to go in terms of research and treatment, so this month it is especially important to spread the word.
This year’s Endo March (www.endomarch.org) will be coordinated by Director and Chairman Dr. Camran Nezhat, an Endometriosis specialist from Palo Alto, California and an excellent team of professionals. There will be speeches, a walk, and vigil all in effort to come together and raise awareness for Endometriosis. The location will be beautiful downtown San Francisco on Saturday, March 19th. Yellow ribbons, shirts, and signs are encouraged!
For those who cannot travel to San Francisco, go online to www.endomarch.org and find a community event in your area. Or join the party online and use appropriate hashtags and social media to spread the word.
For more information visit: http://www.endomarch.org/
Source: (1) http://www.endomarch.org/mission-statement/