March 28, 2019 - Issue: Vol. 165, No. 54 — Daily Edition116th Congress (2019 - 2020) - 1st Session
SENATE RESOLUTION 130--RECOGNIZING THE SIGNIFICANCE OF ENDOMETRIOSIS AS AN UNMET CHRONIC DISEASE FOR WOMEN AND DESIGNATING MARCH 2019 AS ``ENDOMETRIOSIS AWARENESS MONTH''; Congressional Record Vol. 165, No. 54
(Senate - March 28, 2019)
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[Page S2093] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] SENATE RESOLUTION 130--RECOGNIZING THE SIGNIFICANCE OF ENDOMETRIOSIS AS AN UNMET CHRONIC DISEASE FOR WOMEN AND DESIGNATING MARCH 2019 AS ``ENDOMETRIOSIS AWARENESS MONTH'' Ms. DUCKWORTH (for herself, Mrs. Capito, Mrs. Shaheen, Mr. Blumenthal, Ms. Warren, Ms. Cantwell, and Mrs. Feinstein) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary: S. Res. 130 Whereas 6,500,000 women in the United States are living with endometriosis; Whereas endometriosis is a chronic disease affecting-- (1) 176,000,000 women throughout the world; and (2) an estimated 1 in 10 women in the United States between the ages of 18 and 49; Whereas medical societies and patient groups have expressed the need for greater public attention and updated resources targeted to public education about this unmet health need for women; Whereas endometriosis occurs when tissue similar to that normally found in the uterus begins to grow outside the uterus; Whereas, although endometriosis is one of the most common gynecological disorders in the United States, there is a lack of awareness and prioritization of endometriosis as an important health issue for women; Whereas women can suffer for up to 10 years before being properly diagnosed; Whereas approximately \1/3\ to \1/2\ of all women with endometriosis will have difficulty getting pregnant; Whereas endometriosis is a painful and debilitating disorder; Whereas endometriosis is associated with increased health care costs and poses a substantial burden to patients in the health care system; Whereas the total annual direct health care cost of symptoms associated with endometriosis is $56,000,000,000, or nearly $11,000 per patient; Whereas 51 percent of endometriosis patients report that the disease detrimentally affects their performance of their job; Whereas the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that the average number of ``bed days'' for patients with endometriosis was 18 days per year; Whereas women with endometriosis can lose 11 hours per work week through lost productivity; Whereas, in 2010, endometriosis patients were hospitalized over 100,000 days because of the disease; Whereas there is a need for more research and updated guidelines to treat endometriosis; Whereas the research dollars from the National Institutes of Health dedicated to endometriosis has dropped from $16,000,000 in 2010 to $6,000,000 in 2019; Whereas there is an ongoing need for additional clinical research and treatment options to manage this debilitating disease; and Whereas there is no known cure for endometriosis: Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the Senate-- (1) designates March 2019 as ``Endometriosis Awareness Month''; (2) recognizes the importance of endometriosis as a health issue for women that requires far greater attention, public awareness, and education about the disease; (3) encourages the Secretary of Health and Human Services-- (A) to provide information to women, patients, and health care providers with respect to endometriosis, including available screening tools and treatment options, with a goal of improving the quality of life and health outcomes of women affected by endometriosis; (B) to conduct additional research on endometriosis and possible clinical options; and (C) to update information, tools, and studies currently available with respect to helping women live with endometriosis; and (4) respectfully requests that the Secretary of the Senate transmit an enrolled copy of this resolution to the Secretary of Health and Human Services. ____________________