Let’s say you’re doing most things “right” when it comes to your health. You get annual well-woman exams, stay up-to-date with your mammograms and are as active as your family and work life allow. Still, there are some key concerns all women should be aware of when it comes to our health.
Top women’s health care concerns
They may not be the culprits you would immediately suspect. Here are a few of the leading health concerns for women to know about:
- Heart disease – The statistics don’t lie: Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women. Further, more than one in three American women have some form of cardiovascular or heart disease. But you can stave off heart disease by eating a healthy, balanced diet, exercising regularly, not smoking and limiting alcohol.
- Cancer – Although breast cancer is a leading health concern for women, skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. A combination of lung, colon and uterine cancers account for almost as many cancers as breast cancer. So, stay diligent. Perform those monthly breast self-exams, wear sunscreen, don’t smoke, don’t skip your colonoscopy and if you have abnormal periods or stomach problems, see your doctor.
- Stroke – Did you know? 60% of stroke deaths occur in women. Be aware by knowing the warning signs and thinking FAST:Face drooping, Arm weakness or numbness, Speech problems, Time to call 911.
- Diabetes and obesity – Type 2 diabetes affects nearly 26 million adults in the US—nearly half of whom are women. Since obesity is a risk factor for type 2 diabetes, the numbers for obesity are similarly alarming. The combination of these two conditions increases your risk of heart disease, stroke and kidney disease. But by making changes to your lifestyle and diet, you can manage and even prevent both conditions.
An all-female clinical team dedicated to your total health, right here in Huron
For everything you are: Wife, mother, sister or aunt, you deserve supportive, compassionate women’s health care that’s nearby. The board-certified physicians at the Women’s Wellness Center are here for you, offering expert, dedicated well-woman care in Huron. Our whole woman approach, from annual exams and checkups to specialized care, focuses on caring for you and your unique needs as they change throughout your life.
Good health is a journey; we’ll be with you every step of the way. To schedule an appointment, call 605-554-1020 or click here to use our online form.