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Your Healthy Heart

According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the number one killer of women – but the good news is that cardiovascular disease is, believe it or not, greatly preventable with the right heart health strategies. It’s a matter of making lifestyle choices...

How to Protect Your Vision Proactively

As you age, taking steps to protect your vision may become of greater importance to you. This is only natural as there are a number of age-related eye illnesses from which you may want to protect your eyes, such as age-related macular degeneration, cataracts and...

Womb Cancer – Uterine Cancer

Uterine Cancer Causes The exact cause of uterine cancer isn’t known. However, certain factors may increase a woman’s risk, in particular being exposed to higher levels of the female hormone oestrogen, especially if levels of progesterone (which may protect...

Smoking

Smoking Risks for Women The more you smoke, the greater your risk. However, just one or two cigarettes a day are more than enough to cause lung cancer. Chronic lung disease is also common among older smokers, destroying busy and active lives. Smoking also increases...

Vulval Cancer

Vulval Cancer Causes The cause of vulval cancer has yet to be pinpointed, but some of the suggested causes include: VIN – vulval intra-epithelial neoplasia (VIN) is a pre-cancerous change in the skin of the vulva. It isn’t cancer, but it can progress to...

Ovarian Cancer

Ovarian Cancer: What is it? There are several different types of ovarian cancer, but by far the most common – accounting for 90 per cent of cases – is epithelial ovarian cancer, or cancer of the surface layers of the ovary. Around 40 to 50 per cent of...

PCOS Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

PCOS Symptoms Typical symptoms include: irregular periods pain from cysts on the ovaries infertility high blood pressure acne central obesity (ie, putting on weight around your middle) male-pattern baldness hirsutism (excessive body hair) Causes of PCOS The cause of...

Osteoporosis

What is Osteoporosis? Osteoporosis means just as the name suggests – porous bones (also often called thinning of the bones). The number of women age 50 and older who have osteoporosis or are at risk for developing the disease will increase from almost 30 million...

Cervical Cancer

What is Cervical Cancer? Cancer of the cervix affects the cells lining the entrance to the womb. Cervical cancer develops in a series of pre-cancerous changes, starting with mild abnormalities in the cells and progressing towards full cancer. Each year, more than...

Cervical Smear Test

A Cervical Smear Test: What does it involve? During a smear test, some cells are taken from the cervix. These are sent to a laboratory for examination under a microscope. To be able to judge the cells properly, this is best done in the middle of your menstrual cycle,...

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