3 March 2017

Local MSP Backs Endometriosis Awareness Week

1 in 10 Women in the UK are Sufferers

Banffshire & Buchan Coast MSP, Stewart Stevenson, has called for increasing awareness and research for endometriosis in a recent Parliamentary debate.

Mr Stevenson backed increasing public awareness of the disease and focused on the impact endometriosis has on the lives of women suffering from the disease and their families. He noted a lack of public awareness about the disease and the urgent need to find a cure.

The debate brought to light personal stories of women living with endometriosis in Scotland and produced a consensus that health professionals, governments and citizens should be encouraged to educate themselves about the disease as part of Endometriosis Awareness Week, starting 6th of March.

Commenting, Stewart Stevenson MSP said,

“Endometriosis is a destructive and currently incurable disease – but it remains the second most common gynaecological condition in Scotland. One in ten women suffers from this condition across the UK – that’s huge number of women suffering.

“It’s critical that women living with this condition have speedy access to diagnosis and the best treatment available. Quick and appropriate treatment is essential in promoting of better quality of life for these women and their families.

“Our goal must be to reach a point where no woman has to fight against her own body. But until that day comes, we need to support those managing this condition and allow them the freedom to speak openly. This issue, as in so many others, needs strong women to lead us, direct us, put pressure on for new research, create new treatment options and, ultimately, find a cure.”

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