Women’s Health: Preventing Top Health Risks

Top Women’s Health Issues

Though men and women are susceptible to developing many types of chronic illnesses and other health conditions, some conditions manifest differently and more frequently in women. Here’s what you should know to help you effectively reduce your risk and lead a happy and healthy life.

Heart disease

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States, being responsible for 1 in 3 deaths each year. Although this condition is considered a common issue for men, it also affects women at almost the same rate. Heart disease affects the blood vessels throughout your cardiovascular system, subsequently causing various issues throughout the body. Heart disease can also manifest in many ways, including:

  • Heart failure
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Arrhythmia / Abnormal rhythm of the heart
  • Heart valve issues

Breast Cancer

About 1 in 12 women will develop breast cancer at some point in her lifetime. Breast cancer typically affects the ducts that carry milk to the nipples and can easily spread to other organs in the body.

 

It is important to check your breasts regularly for any abnormal lumps. While oftentimes these issues are non-cancerous, it is essential to bring these abnormalities to your physician’s attention to run the necessary tests—early detection is key when it comes to treating cancer.

Cervical and Ovarian Cancer

Gynecological cancers are a health risk specific to women. Ovarian cancer typically begins in the fallopian tubes and cervical cancer usually begins in the lower uterus. These health conditions can result in similar physical symptoms. These gynecological cancers can be detected during routine pap smears and pelvic exams with your gynecologist.

Lowering Your Risk

While outlining these women’s health risks can feel intimidating, thankfully there are lifestyle choices that can help you to effectively reduce your risk. Try introducing these tips to your routine to lower your risk of the aforementioned chronic health conditions:

  • Quit smoking: Quitting effectively lowers your risk for almost all cancers, heart disease, and many other illnesses.
  • Limit alcohol consumption: Too much alcohol consumption can increase your risk for high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke.
  • Eat a balanced diet: Limit your consumption of processed and fatty foods.
  • Get regular exercise: all forms of exercise reduce your risk for heart disease and certain cancers.

Women’s Health Services in Ridgecrest, California

At Ridgecrest Regional Hospital Women’s Health Services department, you will find a team of experienced and compassionate physicians who provide personalized care for women throughout every stage of life. To learn more about our women’s health services, visit our website or give us a call at (760) 446-3551 (Mon-Fri 8 AM-4:30 PM).