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Delaware News Journal

Shana Payne knows that when she selects a doctor, she needs to be extra careful. 

The Newark mom had for years been dealing with symptoms related to fibroids in her uterus, a common condition that affects many women – particularly African American women – in their childbearing years.

It wasn’t until Payne moved away from Delaware only to return as an adult that a female doctor even mentioned fibroids to her. It was indeed what had been plaguing Payne and for the first time, she was able to get the help and surgery she needed. 

“No one had ever told me anything about fibroids,” she said. “No one had told me that having heavy periods like that was abnormal.”

And it was all because her