March is Endometriosis Awareness Month


Guam – One in 10 women on Guam is affected by Endometriosis, according to statistics.

Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero signed a proclamation yesterday designating March as Endometriosis Awareness Month.

“The more people who get together and the more they organize and advocate, I think the better our health will be,” said Leon Guerrero. “I don’t have endometriosis, but I have taken care of patients during my nursing career with endometriosis and it is very, very painful. And I think science and research has been progressing to provide more medication and ways of treatment and comfort for the women.”

Endometriosis is when the tissue that makes up the uterine lining (the lining of the womb) is present on other organs inside your body. Endometriosis is usually found in the lower abdomen, or pelvis, but can appear anywhere in the body.

Also present at the proclamation signing were  Lt. Gov. Josh Tenorio, Sens. Amanda Shelton and Kelly Marsh, Guam Endo Movement co-founders Catherine Manlapaz and Hannah Iriarte along with three other advocates.

Leon Guerrero acknowledged the efforts the medical community have made to improve the quality of life for those dealing with endometriosis such as investing in early detection research.

To help spread awareness and an Endo-Warrior yourself, you can visit the Guam Endo Movement on Instagram @guamendo or email them at

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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.