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S*244
Session 122 (2017-2018) 

S*0244 Concurrent Resolution, By Jackson
 A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION TO DECLARE JULY 2017 AS "FIBROID AWARENESS MONTH" IN
 SOUTH CAROLINA AND TO ENCOURAGE ALL CITIZENS OF THE PALMETTO STATE TO BECOME
 INFORMED ABOUT THIS PERVASIVE WOMEN'S HEALTH ISSUE.

   01/10/17  Senate Introduced (Senate Journal-page 122)
   01/10/17  Senate Referred to Committee on Medical Affairs
                     (Senate Journal-page 122)
   02/07/17  Senate Committee report: Favorable Medical Affairs
                     (Senate Journal-page 19)
   02/08/17  Senate Adopted, sent to House (Senate Journal-page 19)
   02/09/17  House  Introduced, adopted, returned with concurrence
                     (House Journal-page 15)



VERSIONS OF THIS BILL

1/10/2017
2/7/2017



S. 244

COMMITTEE REPORT

February 7, 2017

S. 244

Introduced by Senator Jackson

S. Printed 2/7/17--S.

Read the first time January 10, 2017.

            

THE COMMITTEE ON MEDICAL AFFAIRS

To whom was referred a Concurrent Resolution (S. 244) to declare July 2017 as "Fibroid Awareness Month" in South Carolina and to encourage all citizens of the Palmetto State to become informed about this pervasive women's health issue., etc., respectfully

REPORT:

That they have duly and carefully considered the same and recommend that the same do pass:

HARVEY S. PEELER, JR. for Committee.

            

A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

TO DECLARE JULY 2017 AS "FIBROID AWARENESS MONTH" IN SOUTH CAROLINA AND TO ENCOURAGE ALL CITIZENS OF THE PALMETTO STATE TO BECOME INFORMED ABOUT THIS PERVASIVE WOMEN'S HEALTH ISSUE.

Whereas, because of its interest in fostering the health and well-being of all its citizens, the State of South Carolina recognizes the necessity for a conscientious commitment to advancing women's health. Uterine fibroids constitute the most common threat to women's reproductive health today, making heightened awareness concerning this disease critical for the people of this great State, most especially its female citizens; and

Whereas, uterine fibroids, clinically known as uterine leiomyomas, are the most common benign tumors in the uterus and the single most common indication for hysterectomy; and

Whereas, the overall incidence of uterine leiomyomas is estimated to be three to four times higher in African-American women than it is in Caucasian women. Three out of four women will have uterine fibroids during their lives, and by age fifty up to eighty percent of women will be affected by uterine fibroids; and

Whereas, fibroids may cause significant morbidity through their presence in the uterus and pelvic cavity. These benign tumors are a significant cause of pelvic pain, abnormal uterine bleeding, and reproductive dysfunction. African-American women experience uterine fibroids at a rate three to five times that of the female population, a higher rate than that of any other ethnic group; and

Whereas, in the United States, uterine fibroids are the leading cause of hysterectomy and, consequently, the loss of reproductive potential, and nearly half of all hysterectomies are performed to address uterine fibroids; and

Whereas, only a few years ago in the United States, obstetric outcomes attributed to fibroid tumors resulted in a cost of $238 million to $7.76 billion annually, and uterine fibroid tumors were estimated to cost the United States $5.9 to $34.4 billion annually. The nation spends over $5 billion annually on hysterectomy procedures, and an estimated $1.6 to $17.2 billion is lost through absenteeism and short-term disability in women ages twenty-five to fifty-four; and

Whereas, the establishment of health seminars, funding opportunities, medical information panels, and community programs would empower and inform residents of this State about uterine fibroids and would encourage earlier diagnosis, more research, better treatment options, and an eventual cure for uterine fibroids. Now, therefore,

Be it resolved by the Senate, the House of Representatives concurring:

That the members of the South Carolina General Assembly, by this resolution, declare July 2017 as "Fibroid Awareness Month" in South Carolina and encourage all citizens of the Palmetto State to become informed about this pervasive women's health issue.

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