What are some key health issues facing women?
While men and women both can be susceptible to chronic health problems, there are certain issues which affect women differently and more severely. Women’s Health doesn’t just focus on the issues of breast cancer, cervical cancer or pregnancy, there are other conditions that you need to be aware of.
Did you know, heart disease is the second highest cause of death for Australian women? Unfortunately, many patients are not aware of their condition until they suffer a heart attack or angina.
High blood pressure, high cholesterol or smoking are contributing factors for coronary heart disease. Your GP can assist with the diagnosis of chronic heart disease with techniques including an ECG, an Echocardiogram, blood tests or stress test.
The good news is that with early detection, lifestyle changes and treatment, the condition can be managed. Here are some of the simplest ways to reduce your chance of chronic heart disease:
- Live a healthier lifestyle
- Physical activity
- Controlling your blood pressure
- Controlling your cholesterol
- Eating a balanced diet
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Not smoking
Are you aware of the difference between ovarian and cervical cancer? While cervical cancer starts in the lower uterus, ovarian cancer starts in the fallopian tubes. When one or both ovaries grow abnormally, this can lead to cancer.
Both conditions have similar symptoms, including pain and bleeding, so it’s important to speak with your doctor if you are noticing any unusual symptoms.
Unlike cervical cancer which can be detected with a Pap smear, there is no early detection test for ovarian cancer. It’s important for women to educate themselves on both cervical and ovarian cancer, so they can notify their doctor if they experience any unexplained symptoms.
Are you noticing any unusual symptoms, like frequent urination or discharge? Gynecological symptoms can often mimic other heath conditions, so it’s vital for women to act quickly if they are concerned about their health.
In regards to sexual health, many STI’s can be easily treated but if not diagnosed early, they can lead to major health issues including kidney failure or infertility. Speak to your doctor about tests and treatments for any gynecological concerns.
Osteoporosis should be on every women’s radar but unfortunately women don’t often stop to consider their bone health. Osteoporosis results in weakened bones which allows them to easily break or fracture.
Your GP can assess the likelihood of osteoporosis by determining any risk factors. If your doctor is concerned, you will be sent for a bone density test, which is a quick and painless scan. The good news is that there are plenty of ways that women can decrease their risk of developing osteoporosis. Prevention includes:
- Regular physical exercise
- Ensuring your body has adequate levels of vitamin D
- Ensuring your body has adequate levels of calcium
If you are concerned about any of these conditions, please call our friendly staff at Family Health GP Sunnybank Hills, on (07) 3272 2396 and ask us to schedule an examination.