Boogie Breezy, Health

Healthy Homage

In honor of Woman’s History Month, I would like to salute the female condition in the best way possible by highlighting the importance of women’s health. Obviously, we only have one life to live, and if our body is our temple, then we need to worship it! 

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​Unfortunately, a lot of us women do not listen our bodies as much as we should and

sometimes it is easy to ignore signs. In my experience, I’ve noticed that women can also be guilty of neglecting themselves when it comes to “scaries” like cervical cancer and breast cancer. Let me underline these scaries in a nutshell by just dropping these stats for your viewing pleasure:

Information from the Center of Disease Control about scaries:

  • According to the CDC, cervical cancer is the leading cause of cancer death for women

 

  • Not counting some skin cancers, breast cancer in the US is the most common cancer in women:
    • Breast cancer is the most common cause of death for Hispanic women.
    • Breast cancer is the 2nd most common cause of death for women of other races.
    • In 2012, 224,147 women in the US were diagnosed with breast cancer.
      • 41,150 women died from breast cancer.

I read a pamphlet from the CDC about cervical cancer, and I want to share its key points with you here:

  • Screening tests can find abnormal cells so they can be treated before turning cancerous.
    • A Pap smear [Papanicolaou Cervical smear] looks for any cells changes on the cervix.
    • The HPV [Human Papilloma Virus] test looks for HPV which can cause cell changes of which the PAP is screens for.

Most women don’t need a PAP every year.

    • Have your first PAP when you reach 21.
      • If your results are normal, you can wait 3 years for your next one.
    • When you turn 30 you have a choice:
      • If your results are normal, get a PAP every 3 years       OR…
      • Get BOTH a PAP and an HPV test every 5 years.

 

  • You can STOP getting screened if any of the following describes you:
    • You are older than 65 and have had a normal PAP for many years.
    • Your cervix was removed during surgery for a non-cancerous condition like fibroids.

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​The CDC recommends the following for breast cancer prevention:

  • Keep a healthy weight
  • Exercise regularly [at least four times a week]
  • Get enough sleep
  • Limit alcohol intake
  • Avoid carcinogen exposure
  • Reduce exposure to radiation during medical tests
  • Assess risks of hormone replacement and\or birth control and discuss a plan with your doctor
  • Breastfeed your babies if possible
  • KNOW YOUR FAMILY HISTORY    http://www.worldwidebreastcancer.com/

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Take care of your body and love yourself!

 

Boogie Breezy

Boogie Breezy

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