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Women's Health

Women face unique health issues. Here, we present topic information specific to Women's Health.

Breast Health

More than nine out of ten women treated for early breast cancer will be alive and well five years later. The long range outlook improves with each year that passes without evidence of further growth. Monthly breast examinations, as well as periodic medical check-ups and mammography are the best protective measures currently available.

Unfortunately, most tumors brought to the doctor's attention are an inch or more in diameter. At this size, the lymph nodes may also be involved, increasing the chances that the disease has spread to the other breast or other parts of the body. If you find a lump, see your doctor at your earliest opportunity.

Breast Self-Exam

 

Iron Deficiency

Having iron deficiency anemia may cause you to feel tired and often look pale. It's a common type of anemia — a condition in which blood lacks adequate healthy red blood cells, which carry oxygen to tissues. Oxygenated blood gives your body energy and your skin a healthy color.

As the name implies, iron deficiency anemia is due to insufficient iron. Your body needs the element iron to make hemoglobin, a substance in red blood cells that enables them to carry oxygen.

Iron deficiency anemia is common, especially in women. One in five women and half of all pregnant women are iron deficient. Lack of iron in your diet is one cause of iron deficiency anemia, but there are other causes as well.

You can usually correct iron deficiency anemia with iron supplementation. Sometimes, additional treatments are necessary, especially if you're bleeding internally. Iron supplements can be taken over several months to increase iron levels in the blood. Iron supplements can cause irritation of the stomach and discoloration of bowel movements. They should be taken on an empty stomach, or with orange juice, to increase absorption.

"My mother was taking iron supplements (3 a day) to correct her iron deficiency; yet visit after visit showed her iron continuing to slowly drop. We changed to having her take the iron supplements with orange juice...and her iron level nearly DOUBLED in three months! ...taking your iron supplements with orange juice can make a GREAT difference in the effectiveness of the supplement." - Cathy Barnhill