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January 31, 2013
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To whom was referred a Concurrent Resolution (S. 182) declaring March 2013 as Endometriosis Awareness Month and urge the general public and the medical community to take this opportunity to raise their awareness, etc., respectfully
That they have duly and carefully considered the same and recommend that the same do pass:
HARVEY S. PEELER, JR. for Committee.
DECLARING MARCH 2013 AS ENDOMETRIOSIS AWARENESS MONTH AND URGE THE GENERAL PUBLIC AND THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO RAISE THEIR AWARENESS ABOUT THIS WIDESPREAD AND OFTEN DEBILITATING DISEASE.
Whereas, it is estimated that endometriosis occurs in ten percent of women during the reproductive years, and currently more than 10 million women and teens in the United States are known to have endometriosis and nearly 80 million worldwide; and
Whereas, endometriosis is a painful, reproductive and immunological disease in which tissue similar to the uterine lining migrates outside the uterus and implants in other parts of the body, most commonly in the pelvic cavity, but it has also been found in the lungs, diaphragm, and brain; and
Whereas, researchers remain unsure of the definitive cause of endometriosis; it is often misunderstood and misdiagnosed, and currently there is no cure; endometriosis can only be diagnosed through surgery, and in spite of endometriosis being the number one cause of infertility in the United States and attributable to 400,000 hysterectomies per year, the average delay in diagnosis is about nine years; and
Whereas, studies have shown an elevated risk of certain cancers and autoimmune diseases in endometriosis patients, as well as malignant changes in the disease itself; and
Whereas, endometriosis can be so painful and life altering as to substantially impair a woman's or teen's life and her relationships, in some cases rendering her unable to work or pursue a career, to care for herself or her family, to attend school or social functions, or to go about her normal routine; and
Whereas, the Endometriosis Research Center was founded in 1997 with the mission to address the growing need for international disease awareness, to promote advocacy, and to support education and research; and
Whereas, since its inception the center has worked tirelessly to address the myths, misinformation, and lack of understanding about this disease, striving to achieve recognition of the far-reaching impact of endometriosis on women and teens of all ages and from all walks of life, not only in the United States, but globally as well; and
Whereas, annually during the month of March activities and events are held in an effort to support and assist women living with the disease, to educate and raise the awareness of the medical community and the general public about the prevalence and debilitating effects of this disease, and to raise funds for the center to use in carrying out its mission. 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 March 2013 as Endometriosis Awareness Month and urge the general public and the medical community to take this opportunity to raise their awareness about this widespread, often debilitating disease.
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