top 10 threats to women's health

Source: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

1) Heart disease
heart disease is the leading cause of death in women.

2) Cancer
several types of cancer are of particular concern to women:
breast cancer, cervical cancer, lung cancer, skin cancer and colorectal cancer

3) Stroke
a stroke, sometimes called a brain attack, occurs when a clot blocks the blood supply to the brain or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts. You can greatly reduce your risk for stroke through lifestyle changes and, in some cases, medication.

4) Chronic lower respiratory diseases
chronic lung conditions, such as asthma, bronchitis and emphysema, are a concern for women.

5) Alzheimer's disease
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia among older adults. Alzheimer’s disease involves parts of the brain that control thought, memory, and language and can seriously affect a person's ability to carry out daily activities.

6) Unintentional injuries (accidents)
automobile crashes are a leading cause of fatal accidents among women.

7) Type 2 Diabetes
type 2 diabetes is the most common type of diabetes.

8) Influenza and pneumonia
influenza and pneumonia are vaccine-preventable diseases. Talk to your doctor about taking a flu shot and a pneumonia vaccine.

9) Kidney disease
you are at risk of kidney disease if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, and/or a close family member with kidney disease

10) Hypertension
hypertension, commonly known as high blood pressure, usually has no warning signs or symptoms and, in turn, it is often called the silent killer.

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