Posts Categorized: Women’s Health

Don’t Run from Your Mammogram

Some women put off their mammogram appointment to avoid breast compression. Still, the procedure’s benefits make it worth some temporary discomfort. For instance: Mammograms have helped breast cancer mortality rates drop by nearly a third in the US since 1990. Of all the years of life saved by mammography, 40 percent are for women in… Read more »

BRCA and Your Fertility

Thank you, Angelina Jolie, for making your experience dealing with the BRCA gene public. Everyone has the BRCA gene. But a very small change in the gene, called a mutation (BRCA1 or BRCA2),  can increase the lifetime risk of developing breast cancer more than 80 percent and ovarian cancer more than 30 percent. Other cancers… Read more »

Why Some Women Choose Preventive Mastectomy

Angelina Jolie recently underwent preventive mastectomy, she revealed today in a New York Times op-ed piece. The actor/director underwent the procedure because the combination of a “faulty” BRCA1 gene and a family history of cancer put her at high risk of developing breast cancer or ovarian cancer. Preventive mastectomy (also called prophylactic or risk-reducing mastectomy)… Read more »

Take 5 for Heart Health

Choosing nutritious food is a great way to enhance your heart health. Plenty of fresh produce (vegetables and fruit) and whole grains are staples for boosting cardiovascular wellness. A helpful tool to stay on the right track for heart health is the USDA’s MyPlate site. It  divides food into five groups: Vegetables. Choose a variety… Read more »

Give the HPV Vaccine by Age 12

Preventing HPV (human papillomavirus) starts earlier than you think: By age 12, children—girls and boys—should get the HPV vaccine. Vaccination can even begin as early as age nine. The leading cause of cervical cancer, HPV infection is so common that about 34 percent of all 14- to 24-year-olds (male and female) carry the virus. Whereas… Read more »

The HPV / Cervical Cancer Connection

What do you know about HPV (human papillomavirus) and cervical cancer? Some cold, hard facts can help you stop the spread of this dangerous virus. HPV causes almost all cervical cancers—95 percent—and it is the most common sexually transmitted infection. The lifetime risk for HPV infection is almost 80 percent for sexually active adults; 14-… Read more »

Myth vs. Reality of High-Risk Pregnancy

Occasionally, you may hear about high-risk pregnancy and it can sound intimidating–especially if you’re a new parent or plan to be. Knowing exactly what the term means helps a lot. If the mother’s circumstances or medical history present the potential for complications for herself, the baby or both during gestation or delivery, that is a… Read more »

Teen Repeat Births: A Significant Pattern

The report highlights the ongoing need for health education and support for adolescents, their parents–and all women of reproductive age. There are several ways not only to ensure that the rate of adolescent pregnancy continues to decline (as it has since 2007), but also to prevent repeat teen pregnancies. These include linking pregnant and parenting teens… Read more »