This month we'd like to highlight some of the health issues that affect women globally. As you know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. With pretty pink ribbons everywhere, it's hard to miss. This awareness is extremely important, as it encourages women to get screenings. This allows for early detection of breast cancer. However, we would like to shine some light on other fatal diseases that women face.
Unfortunately, many health issues can arise over time. Cancer is one illness that is developing at an alarming rate. Lung cancer is the most deadly of all, killing more women than any other cancer. The chance that a woman will develop lung cancer in her lifetime is 1 in 17; for a man, the risk is 1 in 15.
Check your moles! Skin cancer is one that you should periodically be checking for. In the United States, more skin cancer diagnoses are made each year than all other cancers combined, including breast, prostate, lung, and colon cancer. While this may be diagnosed more frequently, it is still not as deadly as lung cancer.
Heart disease is the number one killer in both women and men. An estimated 17.9 million lives are taken worldwide each year from this disease.
While October and Breast Cancer Awareness are important, every month should be spent making people aware of deadly diseases that impact not just women, but everyone. Becoming educated about these top killers and others like Stroke, Diabetes, COPD, Alzheimer's, etc. should be at the forefront of people's minds every day of the year.