International Women's Day 2023

International Women's Day is celebrated on 8th March every year. Today's woman is multi-faceted; who takes care of the family as well as her aspirations. There are times when she falls prey to lifestyle diseases. Women health problems are on the rise partly because of a constant race against time and partly due to sheer ignorance.

International Women's Day 2023

International Women's Day is celebrated on the 8th of March every year to recognize the many facets of the modern woman, from caretaker to professional. There is a recent increase in health issues among women, partly due to lifestyle choices and partly due to lack of knowledge. It is no secret that women have to deal with a lot of health issues that men simply don’t have to worry about. From menopause to osteoporosis and everything in between, there are a lot of issues that women have to keep an eye out for. However, the good news is that there are a lot of things that women can do in order to prevent themselves from getting these diseases. 

Let's discuss  common health issues of women and tips on how women can prevent themselves from getting diseases:

  • Cervical Cancer:

The Lancet study reveals that India has the highest number of cervical cancer cases in Asia, followed by China. Out of the 40% cervical cancer deaths globally, 23% are from India. In 2020, there were 6,04,127 new cases and 3,41,831 deaths reported worldwide; India accounted for 21%. Early detection is key to lowering these figures: a simple test called pap smear can help detect cervical cancer and improve the chances of treatment. Regular pap smear after the age of 35 can provide cervical cancer prevention opportunities.

  • Breast Cancer:

Over the past decade, cases of breast cancer in India have dramatically increased, especially in younger age groups. To help detect it early, health professionals recommend testing methods such as breast screening and sonomammography. A Globocon 2020 study estimated that every four minutes, an Indian woman is diagnosed with breast cancer, making it the most common type of cancer among women, with approximately 1.78 lakh cases reported each year. To improve diagnosis rates, regular health checkups are key along with Breast Self-Examination (BSE), which involves a set process that should be conducted at the same time every month. Through BSE and regular healthcare screenings, when detected early, treatment for breast cancer becomes easier.

  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS):

Some women in their reproductive age develop a hormonal disorder called PCOS, and the numbers just keep growing. Although PCOS can be managed with simple lifestyle changes, not enough attention has been paid to raising awareness about it. It's estimated that 20% of Indian women suffer from it and if the condition isn't monitored in time, it can have serious consequences for their health. Signs like irregular periods, hirsutism and obesity can appear in young sufferers while older ones may experience infertility, miscarriages etcetera. But hey - there's hope! Making minor everyday adjustments to diet and lifestyle is key to managing PCOS. 

  • Infertility:

This is one of the common causes of concern especially in younger women. PCOS can lead to infertility and it is becoming more prevalent with time. Infertility itself can be caused by stress, hormonal imbalance, environmental pollution, and even late marriages. 

  • Premature Menopause:

Because of the currently prevalent sedentary and stressful lifestyles, premature menopause is on the rise. Its long-term health complications can include conditions like infertility, cardiovascular diseases, osteoporosis and stroke.

  • Heart Disease:

Women's hearts are so special, and that's why it's important for them to stay healthy. After menopause, the risk of heart disease rises significantly - let's make sure we keep our hearts in top condition. In India, one crore deaths are reported annually due to cardiovascular disease; 20.3% of those deaths are men while 16.9% are women. So ladies, let's join together and take control of our heart health - after all, more women die from heart-related issues than men each year! And don't forget: symptoms of coronary artery disease and heart attacks can be different for women than men, so make sure you know the signs!

  • Osteoporosis:

According to World Health Organization (WHO) statistics, 30% of postmenopausal women have been diagnosed with osteoporosis. In India, that number is even higher—61 million people (with 80% of them being women) have been affected! According to the WHO, osteoporosis is the second most serious health issue seen globally. The bone density is maintained by a hormone called estrogen. In a normal aging process after 35 years, estrogen levels drop. This initiates degenerative changes in bones. Regular health checkups for women that include a bone densitometry test will help early detection of these changes.

  • Stress:

India is one of the fastest growing economies, thanks to the pool of educated and talented women. However, a Nielsen survey of 6,500 women across 21 countries, showed that Indian women are the most stressed in the world. 87% of Indian women said they felt stressed most of the time, and 82% reported that they had no time to relax.

  • Mental Health Issues (Depression and Anxiety):

Women are known to have 50% increased risk for depression and anxiety. While India is becoming one of the fastest growing economies, 87% women reported feeling stressed from external expectations. Depression and anxiety are majorly due to hormone changes or personal trauma but are unfortunately still seen as "madness"! Not to forget, that these conditions could lead to further complications like suicidal tendencies. There should be more awareness programmes and communities to help people combat depression and anxiousness.

  • Obesity:

Incidences of obesity in women have increased due swift urbanization and sedentary lifestyles. Obesity can increase the risk for certain cancers, such as Pancreas, Liver, Gallbladder, Oesophagus, Thyroid, Ovarian and Meningiom by 40%. So, these were a few health conditions and tips on how women can prevent their sufferings. By following a healthy lifestyle, women can keep themselves healthy and disease-free. Women are homemakers in the truest sense - we must show our appreciation for their work and ensure that there is awareness surrounding women's health. 

Early detection is key to preventing serious health complications caused by these critical health conditions affecting women. Indus Health Plus’ Full Body Health Checkup package includes a battery of tests and screenings that are designed to catch potential problems before they become serious.

What is included in this package:

  •  Comprehensive screening for critical women's diseases
  •  Includes mammography, pap smear, and pelvic exam
  •  Blood pressure and cholesterol level checks
  •  Consultation with a qualified medical practitioner

What are the benefits of this package:

  •  Early detection of potential health issues can mean more effective treatment options, leading to better outcomes in the long run
  •  Receive personalized attention from our qualified medical professionals who can answer any questions or concerns you may have
  •  Our package offers convenience by providing all necessary tests in one place at an affordable price
     

 

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