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Women’s Health Week: Colon cancer isn’t just for men

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From May 14 – 20, the Office on Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, works to raise awareness around and provide recommendations for women’s health.

The mission of this initiative is to “Provide national leadership and coordination to improve the health of women and girls through policy, education, and model programs.”

Although there are several issues that primarily affect women – cervical, ovarian and breast cancers, mammograms, osteoporosis – women also face risks with digestive issues. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Colon Cancer are just a few of the health concerns of which Women’s Health Week works to increase awareness.

And while the risk for colon cancer is slightly lower in women than in men, almost 5% of women will face a diagnosis this year alone. However, those risks have been decreasing steadily over the past several decades, due almost exclusively to advanced screening capabilities and treatment options.

But we’re not out of the woods just yet: Colon cancer is still the third leading cause of cancer deaths in women in the United States.

“The old message was that colon cancer was a man’s disease. We have to be careful not to regress in our message to women.” says Sidney J. Winawer, MD, of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, to MedPage Today.

So what can women do? Two words: Get screened.

Advancements in technology, research and treatment are only good if we actively opt to utilize them. Most medical professionals recommend that women start their regular colonoscopies at age 50. However, if you have a family history of the disease, or other potential factors such as obesity, smoking and certain ethnicities, your doctor may recommend an earlier start.

For more information on women’s health issues, and National Women’s Health Week in general, WomensHealth.gov. There, you’ll find out how you can get involved, and a comprehensive list of topics that affect women’s health, with information and additional resources for each.

Call to book your colonoscopy today. And remember, screening saves!

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Women’s Health Week kicks off on Mother’s Day

Mother's Day kicks off National Women's Health Week May 8.

Mother’s Day kicks off National Women’s Health Week May 8.

Today marks the kickoff of National Women’s Health Week (NWHW). Coinciding with Mother’s Day, the Department of Health and Human Services pushes to empower women to take charge of their health.

Beyond maintaining health, the NWHW initiative wants women to find ways to improve it. The campaign offers advice such as getting regular screenings, making healthier diet choices and quitting smoking. It also works toward focusing on all aspects of well-being, including mental health.

The site informs us of all sorts of facts around women’s health. Like most insurance plans are required to offer an annual wellness exam; heart disease is the most common cause of death in American women; half of pregnancies aren’t planned; women are almost twice as likely to suffer from depression than men.

But there are things you can do to push this initiative further. You can take the pledge to join other women across the country who are working together to get healthier. You can even host an event.

The DHHS wants everyone to get involved. They offer lists of supporters and partners of the cause that you can team up with for your fundraiser or other special event. Even if you have a small-scale idea to raise awareness of funds for the cause, they offer advice on how you can use social media to promote it yourself.

Find out more on the Women’s Health site.

 

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