Every ten years, the US government conducts a nationwide census of our population and every twelve months, the state and federal departments (of health) and the World Health Organization collect facts, figures and statistics on the current health issues affecting women across every continent. Why? Because the goal is to address the challenges facing every woman, regardless of her age; and improve them. Every calendar year, we as a society witness breakthroughs in health and new dangers to be aware of. Below you will find a year in review for women’s health in 2015.
Breast and Cervical Cancers are on the rise. While some experts compare the rise in cancer to mass screenings, others argue that cancer is on the rise because it’s simply on the rise with new cases of cervical and breast cancer reaching estimated at over 250,000 in the last twelve months (according to the American Cancer Society www.cancer.org) .
STDs are growing stronger. According to the World Health Organization (also known as WHO) the bacteria known Gonorrhea and Tuberculosis are mutating. In other words, they are growing resistant to the strongest antibiotics available.
So what does this mean? To put it simply, the current cure may need an upgrade to fight the stronger version of this STD.
So what’s the big deal? Time. It may take years before stronger medications can be tested, used and approved.
The fight against HIV is far from over. While HIV made recent headlines with Charlie Sheen admitting that he became infected, this equally means that he passed the virus to a female. According to WHO, HIV is the “leading cause of death” for females (between 15 and 44) regardless of their location.
The past twelve months saw great improvements for cancer treatment, including the possibility of treating breast cancer with just one dose of radiation.
We can change the future by getting a checkup. Every woman who commits herself to a yearly GYN and medical checkup (including a mammogram) helps in the fight for women’s health. Researchers and scientists use our samples and numbers for government funding towards cures and outreach. So in addition to keeping yourself healthy, your samples may help a woman halfway across the world who’s waiting patiently on a cure.
Written by Latoya Hoyte
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