Words | Madi Scott
Endometriosis Awareness Month is upon us this March, raising awareness for the still largely misunderstood disease which affects an estimated 200 million women worldwide.
With over 830,000 women diagnosed with the disease in Australia alone, Endometriosis is a disorder in which endometrial cells grow outside the uterus. While statistics show almost one in ten women have endometriosis, the disease is still largely misunderstood with a seven to twelve year delay between symptoms and diagnosis.
Starting in 2014, Endometriosis Awareness Month has grown to be the largest internationally-coordinated endometriosis coalition in the world, representing over 100 organizations, groups and medical societies. Addressing the urgent, unmet needs of those suffering with endometriosis, EndoMarch Australia has focused the 2020 campaign on raising funds for education programs and endometriosis research.
Through raising awareness and education of the disease, as well as raising funds for research, EndoMarch is attempting to provide women with the knowledge to to ask the right questions in the future and ultimately ensure future young women will not face the significant delays of diagnosis and treatment.
This month, Endometriosis Australia will host a number of high teas across the country, in addition to offering individuals the opportunity to host their own. With no cure for the disease, Australia still has a long way to go. Whilst some action has been taken, noticeably the Australian government’s allocation of 9 million dollars’ worth of funding towards diagnostic testing, EndoMarch is encouraging more people to take notice of a disease which affects so many.