There are various health issues in women which need special attention and consideration. In a number of cases, it’s their health that takes a toll on them.Few years back, childbirth itself proved to be risky, leading to the death of the mother. Many women had a large number of pregnancies which may or may not have been wanted.
Apart from this, there are several health issues which pose a major threat to women’s wellbeing. Listed below are some of the most common ones:
Heart diseases lead to 1 in 3 women’s deaths each year, killing approximately one woman every minute.As per the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, heart diseases lead to about 29 percent of deaths in women. It is an umbrella term for all kinds of disorders that affect the heart. Majority of the women have one or more risk factors of developing a heart disease.Some of the most fatal heart diseases include Arrhythmia, Congenital heart disease, Coronary artery disease, Dilated cardiomyopathy, Angina and Myocardial infarction. Medical and health experts state that building up of plaque in arterial walls is one of the major reasons which result in such diseases. This condition further results in the narrowing of the arteries which further slowdowns the blood flow and increases the risk of a heart attack or stroke.
A severe type of cancer that begins in the ovaries, the female reproductive organ. Ovarian cancer happens to be the fifth most common causes of cancer deaths in womenafter breast cancer, bowel cancer, lung cancer and cancer of the uterus (womb) and the tenth most common cancer among women in the USA. It is common among the women of any age, but mostly affects women over the age of 50. As per a recent survey,more than 22,000 women are diagnosed and around 14,000 die every year in US due to ovarian cancer. This makes it one of major causes of deaths, as compared to any other cancer related to the female reproductive system.
The most common invasive cancer in women, Breast cancer is the second main cause of cancer death in women, after lung cancer. Over the years, it has becomes a severe issue affecting women of all age groups. Last year, more than 252, 700 new diagnoses of breast cancer were expected in women, and around 40,600 women were likely to die from the disease.Despite the treatments getting better, there has been a major increase in the incidence rates. Medical experts explain that the women with BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes have a higher risk of developing breast cancer. With the improvement in screening and treatment, there has been a significant increase in the survival rates since 1989.
A serious mental condition affecting women about 50 percent more than men.As per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people suffering from chronic, untreated depression are likely to die up to 25 years earlier than the average lifespan. Hormonal changes like post-pregnancy depression or lifestyle factors like feeling disconnected from loved ones, or substance abuse are some of the most common causes of depression in women. It is severe condition which shouldn’t be neglected and treated timely. As William Styron writes in his book, Darkness Visible, “the word "depression" is a bland clinical label and such a wimp of a word compared to the raging storm inside the victim's brain. Most of us non-depressives can't truly know the torment involved; we can't imagine it any better than a blind person can imagine a Sequoia tree. Major depression is enough to force you to stay in bed, to withdraw from others, to dwell on your misery, and to have very few pleasant thoughts.”
Keeping in mind the severity of these health issues affecting women, it becomes imperative to ensure timely treatment. If left untreated, they can have perilous consequences, both short-term as well as long-term. These consequences are likely to affect every aspect of your life majorly.