The Need For Women's Health Research: Stay Healthy, Stay Informed!
To understand women's health as far as illness prevention, diagnosis and treatment is concerned, we need to start at the foundation: facilitating research focused on women's health-related illnesses. Education and awareness are key to becoming an informed health advocate: our own. Knowing about the latest research and how it affects the women in the community further stresses the need to include gender-specific differences in current research efforts.
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Lung Cancer he leading cause of cancer death in women -- more than breast, ovarian and uterine cancers combined -- it also sees non-smoking women as being three times more likely to get it than non-smoking men. Studies that do include men often fail to analyze data by sex or factor hormones or other gender factors. This could help uncover the significant discrepancy in incidence, prevalence and survival among men and women.
Fewer than 45 percent of studies on Anxiety and Depression use female lab rats. This is the reality, even though we know that women are at greater risk and that it is one of the leading cause of disease burden worldwide.
The impact of hormonal changes at menopause and gene expression have begun to emerge as potential areas of explanation for Alzheimer's Disease, however a great deal more research needs to be done.
All that said... what are YOU doing to stay healthy? How do YOU keep the women you love healthy?
Start with your support on women's health research in any way that you can -- spread the word, stay informed, participate!