Dr. Eric Hardee Explains Why Black Women Are More Likely to Have Uterine Fibroids

Health studies show that nearly a quarter of Black women between 18 and 30 have fibroids compared to about 6% of white women.

With Women’s Equality Day approaching on Aug. 26, Dr. Eric Hardee, co-founder of Houston Fibroids, is working to raise awareness on the health issue plaguing Black women across the country.

Dr. Hardee has over 20 years of experience identifying and treating uterine fibroids with a non-invasive procedure called Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE). From his two decades of expertise, Hardee is well aware of the factors that play into the likelihood of Black women developing uterine fibroids.

With symptoms including “heavy menstrual bleeding, pelvic pain, and bulk symptoms related to the size or position of the fibroids,” the Houston-based board-certified specialist detailed the factors that have led to a growing number of Black women having fibroids over women in other races.

“Fibroids grow in response to estrogen. Elevated lifetime exposure to estrogen increases the risk of developing fibroids,” Hardee said. “Early-onset menstrual cycles increase the likelihood of fibroids. Obesity is also a risk factor because fat cells increase estrogen in a woman’s circulation. Fibroids also do run in families. Having a first-degree relative with fibroids more than doubles a woman’s risk for developing fibroids.”

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SOURCE: Black Enterprise, Jeroslyn Johnson

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