Women's Health: Learn the Basics
Blood Pressure Screening
You may not notice you have high blood pressure as you go about your daily life, but it can have serious effects. High blood pressure increases your risk for heart disease, heart attack, stroke, and kidney damage, all of which can cause serious disability or even death. Make sure you are screened regularly for high blood pressure and take these recommended actions to help lower your blood pressure:
- Monitor and reduce salt in your diet
- Exercise regularly
- Reduce stress
- Manage your weight
- If prescribed, take medication that can help control blood pressure
Breast cancer can occur in women, and rarely in men. It's important to get screened, and be proactive.
Cervical cancer starts in the lower part of your uterus or womb. The good news is, it can be detected early through regular screening.
Cholesterol is a waxy substance that is found in your bloodstream. High cholesterol is one of the major factors affecting your risk of heart disease. When your cholesterol is high, it can cause hardening of your arteries, which can block blood flow. A simple blood test will determine if you have high blood pressure. Your total cholesterol includes three measures:
- LDL (low-density lipoproteins, 'bad cholesterol')
- HDL (high-density lipoproteins, 'good cholesterol')
- Triglycerides (other fats in the blood)
Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
Not counting some kinds of skin cancer, colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States
Colon cancer develops from precancerous growths in the colon or rectum. Screening tests can find precancerous growths so that they can be removed before they become cancerous. The American Cancer Society recommends men have a colon cancer screening starting at age 50, for those at average risk. There are several screening options available including a fecal occult blood test (gFOBT), fecal immunochemical test (FIT), FIT DNA, sigmoidoscopy, CT colonography or a colonoscopy.
High blood sugar can cause problems with your heart, brain, eyes, feet, kidneys, and nerves. Women who are overweight or at risk for developing high blood sugar should be screened annually.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends a yearly lung cancer screening for those who have a history of heavy smoking, currently smoke, or have quit within the past 15 years, and are between ages 55 - 80.
Osteoporosis is a disease that weakens the bones. Weakened bones are more likely to break (fracture). Osteoporosis affects both men and women, but postmenopausal women are most at risk. To help prevent osteoporosis, you need to exercise and nourish your bones throughout your life.
Preconception & Fertility
Are you trying to get pregnant? There are a few things to consider as you think about conceiving: developing and maintaining healthy habits, reviewing your family health history, and educating yourself on your new journey.
If you are pregnant, it is important to take care of yourself and your growing baby. There's a lot to learn, but we can help you get started.
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. Most cases of melanoma, the deadliest type of skin cancer, are caused by exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light. Protection from UV radiation is important all year round.
Talk to Your Doctor
It's important to speak with your doctor about your particular risk factors and how often you should be screened for any conditions you are concerned about.
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