Breast cancer, prostate cancer, diabetes; all are examples of "popularized" diseases. Sicknesses the general public is conscious of thanks to major awareness campaigns. And the public should be aware, because the aforementioned diseases affect (and take) the lives of many.
But what if I told you there was a disease that affects almost 1-in-10 women around the world, more than breast cancer, prostate cancer, and diabetes 1&2 combined? Would you even be able to name this disease?
Quite honestly, I couldn't, which points to a larger issue regarding this disease.
Regardless, the answer is endometriosis, a chronic pain disorder that not enough people are knowledgeable about.
Defined as a "disease in which tissue that normally grows inside the uterus grows outside," the exact cause of endometriosis is unknown. The main symptom of the disease is chronic pelvic pain, and despite the severity of bodily discomfort experienced, it can still take a woman up to seven years to actually be diagnosed.
Surprisingly, despite affecting such celebrities like Marylin Monroe, Lena Dunham, Whoopi Goldberg, Pamela Anderson, and more, endometriosis remains unknown to many.
No cure exists for endometriosis, but we can help spread awareness so more people are knowledgeable about it, and ensuring more women are able to be properly diagnosed with the disease.
In order to do that, Montreal will be hosting a Endometriosis Awareness March tomorrow afternoon, and all are invited.
A march held to make Montrealers more aware of endometriosis (with other major Canadian cities doing the same), Square Phillips on Sainte-Catherine will serve as the meeting ground for the march. The march will go on for about 3km and all participants are asked to wear yellow.
For more details on the Endometriosis Awareness March, head to the Facebook event page here. The page also delves into endometriosis a bit more, with a range of symptoms experienced by sufferers listed. For an idea on how endometriosis can affect an individual, you can find the list of symptoms below.
- Disabling or increasingly painful menstrual cycles
- Pelvic pain at any time of the cycle/chronic pelvic pain
- Pain with intercourse
- Back or leg pain
- Constipation, diarrhea, cycling between the two
- Abdominal bloating
- Nausea and vomiting
- Painful bowel movements
- Bladder pain
- Infertility (30% to 40% of women with endometriosis)
- Recurrent pregnancy loss
- A general feeling of discomfort