FEMALE INFERTILITY HAS MANY FACTORS

Infertility means being unable to get pregnant after at least one year of trying (or six months if the woman is over age 35). Infertility results from female factors about one-third of the time and male factors about one-third of the time. If a woman keeps having miscarriages, this is also called infertility. Female infertility contributes to nearly 50 percent of all infertility cases.

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UNDERSTANDING DEPRESSION IN WOMEN

Depression is a common but serious mood disorder. It reveals itself through symptoms such as hopelessness, pessimism, irritability, guilt, helplessness and decreased energy or fatigue lasting at least two weeks or longer. About twice as many women as men experience depression. Several factors may increase a woman’s risk of depression.

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RECOVERING FROM A HEART ATTACK

What happens now?  That is a question you could ask after surviving a heart attack.  How do you take care of yourself afterwards so that there is no repeat?  According to Family Doctor (www.familydoctor.org), a heart attack happens when part of the heart muscle is damaged or dies because it does not receive enough oxygen. The blood in the coronary arteries carries oxygen to the heart muscle. Most heart attacks occur when a blockage slows down or stops the flow of blood through these arteries.

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The choices you make with exercise, diet and other lifestyle habits can affect your overall health either positively or negatively. Make smart decisions that will increase your chances of living a longer, healthier life.

Some cancers can be found through early detection, which can reduce the chances of the cancer growing and spreading throughout the body, according the American Cancer Society. Cancer screening looks for cancer before the individual displays any symptoms. There are a variety of screening tests. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), getting screening tests regularly may find breast, cervical and colorectal (colon) cancers early, when treatment is likely to work best. Detecting cancer early is important not only for saving someone’s life but also to improve the patient’s current state of health so he or she can have a better quality of life.


The common methods used to screen for cancer include imaging (radiology), endoscopy procedures and biopsy and cytology tests. All of these can detect different types of cancer. Imaging tests take pictures inside the body. This process can find cancer and indicate how far it has spread. A tube-like instrument is inserted into the body to look for cancer during an endoscopy. Biopsy and cytology testing involves taking a cell sample and looking to see if there are any cancer specimens in it. These tests do have risk factors associated with them; however, your physician can discuss the procedures with you and answer any concerns or questions you may have.

SCREENING FOR CANCER

TANIQUA WARD, M.S.

TaNiqua Ward is a staff writer for Health & Wellness magazine.

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The United States Preventive Service Task Force recommends routine screenings be conducted on people who are at risk for breast, colon and cervical cancers. A mammography screening for breast cancer is recommended for all women ages 50-74 years. Colon cancer screening is recommended for adults between ages 50-75 years and cervical cancer screening through a Pap smear is recommended for all women 21-65 years.


In order to reduce your chances of being at risk for cancer, it is vital that you take control of your health. Here are some tips to keep in mind: