Women often face many unique health issues and conditions that range from menstruation and pregnancy to gynecological conditions like pelvic floor disorder and uterine fibroids. On top of that, a woman suffers more from depression, health diseases, and many other deadly diseases according to the statistics. Therefore, it is necessary for them to carry out regular check-ups and keep a tab of their health issues. Below are some health conditions that affect women mostly.

Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is cancer that forms from the cells of the breasts. It is the most common cancer seen in women after skin cancer. However, this cancer can be treated successfully if it is detected in the early stages. For that, people must be well aware of these symptoms.

  • A breast lump or thickening
  • Changes in nipples or on the skin over the breast such as dimple formation
  • Change in shape, size, or appearance of the breast

These are the main symptoms that women should look out for, and if you experience any of the signs, rush to a free womens clinic and consult with a doctor to take the counter measures as soon as possible.

Heart Diseases

Although heart diseases are equally harmful to both men and women, they are fatal in women. According to a recent survey conducted in the United States, cardiovascular diseases are the main cause of death for women over the age of 25. Besides, women are more likely to have heart attack symptoms unrelated to chest pain, which make it even harder to detect. However, the common signs include:

  • Discomfort in neck, abdomen, upper back, jaw or shoulder
  • Sweating
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Dizziness or fatigue
  • Pain in arms or shoulders
  • Shortness of breath

These are the indistinct symptoms other than a squashing chest pain, which often occurs during heart attacks. Additionally, women are prone to microvascular diseases (blockages in small arteries) and hence they often mistake the chest pain with a pressure or tightness.

Autoimmune Diseases

Autoimmune disease is a condition in which the immunity system starts attacking the healthy body cells. Women are more likely to develop autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, and lupus. According to a recent survey, almost 80% of women in the US are affected by autoimmune diseases.

There are at least 80 types of autoimmune diseases, and the major diseases among them that women should know about are as follows.

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Psoriasis
  • Lupus
  • Scleroderma
  • Sjogren’s syndrome

Medications and protein pump inhibitors can help to prevent these up to an extent. However, regular checkups at a free womens clinic are recommended for better results.

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    About the Author

    Dr. Ghassan M. Al-Jazayrly, MD

    A graduate of University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Al-Jazayrly or, as he is colloquially known: Dr. AJ, is an oncologist and hematologist of a Complete Care Community Health Center (CCCHC) with more than 36 years of experience. In recent years, he’s been involved with a non profit organization known as Every Woman Counts (EWC) which provides free breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services to California’s underserved populations in order to eliminate health disparities for low-income individuals.

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