May 8th through the 14th is National Women’s Health Week. It’s a week-long observance that kicks off annually on Mother’s Day and encourages women to take care of themselves by prioritizing their health. Women often spend a lot of their time helping others and don’t take time for themselves. However, by focusing on good health, you can stay active and healthy for your loved ones and yourself.
Top Women’s Health Issues
Women experience unique health challenges throughout their lifetime, and ensuring each knows about these issues is the first step in ensuring a healthier future. Below are some top women’s health issues and what you can do to reduce your risk:
- Heart Disease: Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States. Some of the symptoms and risk factors for heart disease and heart attack are different for women than men. Every woman can take steps to prevent heart disease by knowing the risk factors within her control:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Lack of physical activity
- Breast Cancer: Breast cancer is the number one type of cancer diagnosed in American women. It is also the number two cause of death in females. In many cases, the risk for breast cancer is due to a combination of factors you have no control over like:
- Getting older
- Reproductive history
- Dense breasts
- Family history of breast cancer or other non-cancerous breast conditions
- Cervical Cancer: Cervical cancer used to be the leading cause of cancer death for women in the United States. However, in the past 40 years, there has been a decline in cases thanks to more women getting regular pap tests, which can find cervical precancer before it turns into cancer. Risk factors for cervical cancer include:
- Contracting a type of HPV that causes cervical changes.
- Having HIV (the virus that causes AIDS) or another condition that decreases your body’s ability to fight off health problems.
- Using birth control pills for prolonged periods (five or more years).
- Having given birth to three or more children.
Check-in with Your Health and Help Advance Medicine Too!
On behalf of the team here at Seattle Clinical Research Center, we encourage you to check in with your health during this heightened time of awareness with National Women’s Health Week. You can get involved by:
- Scheduling an appointment for screenings and other preventative exams with your provider.
- Prioritize your mental health by seeking help when you are having trouble managing symptoms of depression, anxiety, or chronic stress on your own.
- Making healthier lifestyle choices for your physical health with better nutritional habits, exercise, etc.
Health innovations are critical to fully ensure women have equal opportunities to safe, effective treatments. Treatments to support reproductive health, both during and after, contraception, endometriosis, and menopause can substantially impact a woman’s social and economic contributions. Hence, it’s no coincidence these are some of the health issues at the heart of our research here at Seattle Clinical Research Center.
Participating in clinical research studies is another way to positively impact your health and the health of future generations of women. Call us today at (206) 522-3330 or visit our website for current study options.