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[Extensions of Remarks]
[Pages E333-E334]
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                         HON. BARRY LOUDERMILK

                               of georgia

                    in the house of representatives

                        Thursday, March 16, 2017

Mr. LOUDERMILK. Mr. Speaker, March is Endometriosis Awareness Month, where we recognize the impact this disease has on the quality of life for women throughout our country. The lack of awareness about endometriosis creates an environment that delays treatment and grows the cost of care. This condition, in which the tissue that forms the lining of the uterus is found in areas outside the endometrium, causes severe pain in the body. Endometriosis occurs in about one in ten women of reproductive age, and is most often diagnosed in women in their 30s or 40s. This disease can be treated with medication, surgery, or sometimes both. Roughly five million women in the United States suffer with endometriosis, costing an estimated $119 billion annually. It can take more than nine years, from the onset of symptoms and visits to specialists, for women to receive a diagnosis of endometriosis; and women with endometriosis are 1.35 times more likely to need surgery or stenting to open blocked arteries. The general lack of awareness about this disease can contribute to the unnecessary suffering of patients and the rising public costs of this disorder. We must help to bring awareness of endometriosis in order to foster the [[Page E334]] health and well-being of women across America. ____________________


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