Women Health Issues

Breast Cancer

Breast cancer originates in the lining of the milk ducts and can spread to other organs.  This is one of the most aggressive cancers.  Early detection is crucial for surviving breast cancer.  Ladies, know how to do a breast self-exam for earlier detection.  If you feel a lunp or suspect anything, go to the doctor as soon as possible.

 

Cervical Cancer

This type of cancer occurs when the cells of the cervix grow abnormally and invade other tissues and organs in the body.  Women are encouraged to take Papanicolaou (PAP) smears and Human papilloma virus (HPV) tests for early detection.

 

Violence Against Women

Women can be subject to a range of different forms of violence but physical and sexual violence are particularly invidious.  Research evidence reveals that approximately 1 in 3 women under the age of 50 has experienced physical and/or sexual violence by a partner or a non-partner.  Violence affects physical and mental wellness of a woman.  It is important for women to be alert to violence so that they can prevent it and support other women who are victims of violence.

 

Mental Health

According to research evidence, women are more prone to suffer from depression and anxiety compared to men.  Depression is the most common health problem for women and leading cause of death for women over the age of 60.  Helping sensitize women to mental health issues and giving them the confidence to seek assistance is vital.

 

Obesity

Extra weight leads to many diseases that affect women’s health.  Heart disease and diabetes are some of the diseases that can be caused by obesity.  Healthy lifestyle habits are very significant in preventing obesity.  Have you visited the wellness corner to check your body mass index (BMI)?  Exercise your body to keep fit and prevent obesity.

 

Fibroids

These are growth tumours in a woman’s uterus.  Multiple factors have been attributed as the cause of the fibroids i.e family history, hormones, pregnancy, etc.  The symptoms for fibroids include heavy bleeding, increased urination and menstruation that lasts longer than normal.

 

“If you check the health of a woman, you check the health of Society”

– Rebecca Miner-

 

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