|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, March 26, 2004
KINGS COUNTY HOSPITAL OFFERS WOMEN LESS INVASIVE FIBROID TREATMENT
Kings County Hospital Center, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, offers women a less invasive choice in the treatment of fibroids.
Uterine fibroids are the most common, benign tumors in women of childbearing age, but no one knows exactly what causes them. Four out of five women suffer from fibroids, while African American women are at a two to three times greater risk to get fibroids than women of other ethnicities, and at a younger age.
Most fibroids don't cause symptoms, but they can cause excess menstrual bleeding, pain, heaviness and discomfort. Cancer appears in about 1:750 and 1:1,000 cases, according to some sources. In the most serious cases, women must undergo hysterectomies.
Now, Uterine Fibroid Embolization offers women a minimally invasive, non-surgical procedure to treat fibroids and provides women with shorter hospital stays and quicker recoveries than surgery. Currently hysterectomy is the most common surgical procedure and sure way to cure uterine fibroids, requiring a longer hospital stay and recovery than UFE.
Charles Bowers, M.D., Kings County Hospital Center's Chief of Service for Obstetrics and Gynecology, is available for on-air interviews to discuss this new non-invasive alternative offered to women.