On Wednesday the 6th Of June Dr Robert Zammit will be attempting to break the World Record for the most Weet-Bix consumed in 40 minutes to raise money and awareness for Endometriosis.
Join him in his quest to find a cause for this terrible disease and sponsor him today!
What is endometriosis?
Endometriosis is a common gynaecological disease that affects one in ten women and occurs when tissue similar to the lining of the uterus is found outside of the uterus. These areas of abnormal growth cause inflammation and can lead to scarring, cyst formation and involvement of other organs (such as the bowel and bladder). The two most common symptoms are pain (such as severe period pain, pain with intercourse, back pain and pain with bowel motions) and infertility.
Who is Endometriosis Australia?
Endometriosis Australia is a nationally accredited charity that endeavours to increase recognition of endometriosis, provide endometriosis education programs, and provide funding for endometriosis research. Endometriosis is a common disease which affects more than 700,000 women in Australiain which the tissue that is similar to the lining of the womb grows outside it in other parts of the body.
10% of women that is more than 700,000 who suffer with endometriosis at some point in their life with the disease often starting in teenagers. Symptoms are variable and this may contribute to the 7 to 10 year delay in diagnosis. Common symptoms include pelvic pain that puts life on hold around or during a woman’s period. It can damage fertility. Whilst endometriosis most often affects the reproductive organs it is frequently found in the bowel and bladder and has been found in muscle, joints, the lungs and the brain. In a Australian government report, endometriosis is reported to cost Australian society $7.7 billion annually with two thirds of these costs attributed to loss in productivity with the remainder, approximately $2.5 billion being direct healthcare costs.