Women's health: Prevent the top threats
The biggest threats to women's health are often preventable. Here's what you need to know to live a longer, healthier life.By Mayo Clinic Staff
Many of the leading threats to women's health can be prevented — if you know how. The top causes of death among adult women in the U.S. include heart disease, stroke, cancer, chronic lower respiratory disease, Alzheimer's disease, and unintentional injuries, according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Take control by talking with your doctor about your risk factors for these conditions. Then get serious about reducing your risk.
Manage chronic conditions and get recommended screenings
If you have health problems — such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure or diabetes — that increase your risk of heart disease and stroke, follow your doctor's treatment recommendations. Also, consult your doctor about when you should have mammograms and other cancer screenings.
July 28, 2016
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