Prevalence of Uterine fibroids amongst Blacks

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Most of the material from this week that talked about race referred to the fact that there was no such thing as race from a biological perspective. Race is considered a social standard. It was defined in one of the articles as a “culturally structured, systematic way of looking at, perceiving and interpreting reality. However things like illnesses and genetic mutations have been linked to these so-called races that people identify with or are placed under  for various reasons. Like the Pima who have exceptionally high prevalence when it comes to type II diabetes. This suggests that race and genes are linked with themselves and health.  Members of different races even in similar or same surroundings (as demonstrated by including non-Pima Mexicans in the research about type II diabetes) have different genes that can contribute to take-away from their health. Africans have mutated genes that give them an advantage in their battle against malaria that other races would not have because they have been exposed to it for years and their ancestors developed these mutations that they passed on through gene flow through the generations to promote good health.  I chose Uterine fibroid because unlike malaria or diabetes there has been do identified gene mutation that causes their growth. In fact, there is no known cause, no reason as to why this disease is most prevalent among the black community.Uterine fibroids also called myomas or leiomyomas are noncancerous growths of the uterus that often appear during childbearing years. As the diagrams above show, it is most prevalent in young black women between the ages of 30 and 34. This disease has many symptoms including frequent urination, constipation and infertility. As i stated before, there is no known cause but there is ongoing research to find genes related to this disease. These researches are asking for black women to volunteer for their study so they can find the biology in their genes. One of such research reports that self-reported race is a significant factor in the severity of myomas among women with a family history of the disease. It also stated that the differences in the presentation of the disease between races likely reflects underlying  genetic heterogeneity. Their research addresses both epidemiological and genetic hypotheses about myomas.

Mayo clinic : Uterine Fibroids. Written by Mayo Clinic Staff.

Karen L. Huyck, et al. The Impact of Race as a Risk Factor for Symptom Severity and Age at Diagnosis of Uterine Leiomyomata among Affected Sisters

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