Monthly Spotlight: Women's Health and Breast Cancer Awareness
It is important for women to keep an eye on their health throughout their lifetime. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the two leading causes of death for all women, regardless of race or ethnicity, is heart disease and cancer, respectfully. Women can help lower their risks of these and other deadly diseases by doing the following:
Eat Nutritious Foods
Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, and healthy fats. Avoid things such as added sugars, too much sodium and cholesterol, saturated and trans fats. If you choose to drink, do so in moderation. Read more about "how to eat for health" on WomensHealth.gov.
Get Up and Move
Physical activity for women is just as important as maintaining a proper diet. Exercising can be fun when you include the whole family! Go for a bike ride together, take a hike, go for a swim, or even play a game of volleyball. You can also have your alone time and exercise too; do some yoga or go for a quiet walk through the neighborhood.
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View more ideas of ways to get up and move on the CDC Physical Activity Basics web page.
Go to the Doctor
It is recommended that women go for a yearly well-woman’s exam. During the exam your doctor will perform a clinical breast exam to check for abnormalities as well as carry out a pelvic exam. It is important to schedule these every year to be proactive in preventing any diseases or other issues that may arise. Learn more about what will occur during an exam from HealthFinder.gov.
Talk it Out
Mental health is also very important to a woman’s overall health. If you are having issues with depression or suicidal thoughts or if you just need someone to talk to, make sure you seek help. You can consult your regular doctor or you can seek out a psychologist. View helpful tips about your mental health on WomensHealth.gov.
Breast Cancer Awareness
Breast cancer awareness is also a major aspect of women’s health. It is important to know your family history and to talk to your doctor about the possibility of breast cancer. The latest data the CDC has, from 2013, shown that 230,815 women in the United States were diagnosed and 40,860 women died from breast cancer. The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends that women ages 50 to 74 who are at average risk of breast cancer get a mammogram every two years. However, your doctor may begin recommending mammograms as early as 40 years old depending on your risk factors and overall health. If you notice any changes to your breasts, such as lumps or increased pain, be sure to talk to your doctor so they can take a closer look at the possible cause.
Sources: American Institute for Cancer Research, CDC, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services