Asia covers an area of 44,579,000 square kilometers (17,212,000 square miles), about 30% of the Earth's total land area, and was the birth places of many of the first civilizations. Its 4.7 billion people constitute roughly 60% of the world's population, having more people than all the rest continents combined.
The latest facts and figures about endometriosis. Worldwide 1 in 10 women in reproductive age will have endometriosis - that's about 180 million around the globe. The prevalence of endometriosis in women with infertility is as high as 30–50%, and 40% in women with chronic pelvic pain. Hence, as Asia harbors the largest population, we may have the largest population of women with endometriosis and/or adenomyosis, which causes pain, infertility, lost productivity and strained family relationship, and heavy financial burden.
In 2010, clinicians and researchers from 5 Asian countries gathered together in Shanghai and founded the Asian Conference on Endometriosis and, later on, the Society of Endometriosis and Adenomyosis (ASEA), in order to establish a venue that allows experts on this field from across our great continent to communicate and cooperate with each other and, more importantly, to bring better care to patients with endometriosis and/or adenomyosis. Thirteen years later, this organization has grown into a strong and prestigious scientific community with representatives from fourteen Asian countries and is still growing.
It is my great honor and privilege to serve as the 6th President of this society. The current strength of ASEA is the result of the great leadership of my four distinguished predecessors and the contribution of all our amazing colleagues from across this continent.
Our society has 4 major goals for the near future:
As the new president of ASEA, and as a new year has started, I am humbled and honored to take the position, with the full understanding of our tasks at hand. I strongly believe that our vast, beautiful, ancient, diverse and the most populous continent can contribute greatly to humanity's fight against endometriosis and adenomyosis. Together, we will tame these two dreadful diseases. Let’s Gung Ho!