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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Women's Health

Women and men have many of the same health problems, but they can affect women differently. For example, women may have different symptoms of heart disease. Some diseases or conditions are more common in women, such as osteoarthritis, obesity and depression. And some conditions, such as menopause and pregnancy, are unique to women.

Women sometimes neglect their own health and focus instead on their partner's and their children's. Take care of yourself first:

- Plan for pregnancies and see your healthcare provider regularly while you are pregnant

- Have regular mammograms

- Get regular checkups and screenings. Early detection is important for treating breast, cervical, uterine and ovarian cancer.

For more information, check out the following links:

FASTATS: Women's Health (National Center for Health Statistics)

Women’s Health Topics (National Women's Health Information Center)

A Lifetime of Good Health: Your Guide to Staying Healthy

More information on women’s health from MedlinePlus

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