Women’s health and International Women’s Day
Women the world over have the right to health. The World Health Organization focuses on women’s health main issues:
Breast and cervical cancer
Detecting cancer early is key to keeping women alive and healthy. The American Cancer Society estimates in 2019 in the United States:
- About 13,170 new cases of invasive cervical cancer.
- About 4,250 women will die from cervical cancer.
Have a regular Pap smear
A Pap smear cytology test can be life-saving by catching irregular cells. HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) causes most cervical cancer. We recommend combining a Pap smear with an HPV screening every three to five years. The prognosis is good when anomalies are caught early.
Keep up to date with your mammogram
Screening for breast health with a mammogram (x-ray screening) can detect small lumps that you cannot feel in your monthly self-check.
The breast cancer society recommends the following screening frequency:
- Women age 40 to 44 should have the choice to start annual mammograms if they wish to do so.
- Age 45 to 54 should get mammograms every year.
- Women 55 and older should switch to mammograms every 2 years, or can continue yearly screening.
Women’s health issues
Sexual and reproductive health problems cause one third of health issues for women between 15 and 44 years of age. Complications in pregnancy and childbirth cause many deaths worldwide. Access to basic health services could avoid those complications. Prevent and treat diseases responsible for many women’s and newborns’ deaths by protecting against sexually-transmitted infections and disease.
Violence, physical and/or sexual, can affect women’s physical and mental health. Other results are anxiety, depression, and physical symptoms that can’t be explained medically. Comprehensive health care involves knowing your lifestyle and family situation.
No less concerning are noncommunicable diseases caused by alcohol and tobacco use, drugs and substances, and obesity and deaths as a result of road traffic accidents. A healthy lifestyle adopted early is key to a long and healthy life!
Age presents different concerns
Teenage girls face sexual and reproductive health challenges, and about 13 million girls under 20 give birth every year worldwide. Resulting complications are a leading cause of their deaths. Older women internationally may have less access to health care and a greater risk of poverty. They can also suffer with other conditions of old age, like dementia or generally poor health.
Celebrate International Women’s Day and care for your own health
Testing for women is widely available that covers all aspects of women’s health. Here are some annual suggestions.
Exercise and diet
A healthy diet are regular exercise are key to self-maintenance. So it’s important to emphasize a healthy vegetable diet and moderate your intake of red meat, wine, and unnecessary sugars. Wellness blog
Get a yearly health check
We recommend annual preventive testing and a complete health assessment and medical history review. Health screenings at Vedas are always personalized and tailored to you. Well woman exam