Category Archives: Women’s Health

International Women’s Day – Warning Signs for Women’s Cancers

Please accept my apologies for being a couple of days late for International Women’s Day . I have been very busy with Uni deadlines this weekend, but wanted to post something to raise awareness for women’s health. This is a great article from ‘Defeat Cancer’ – thank you.

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Defeat Cancer

 

Wishing all women good health on International Women’s Day!

 To ensure good health, women need to take some precautions. Now let’s examine  important warning signals for women’s cancers.

 Rachel, one of the secretaries of the hospital, came crying to me that both her breasts become extremely painful particularly before menstrual periods.  She was woried that she has cancer as one of her relatives was recently diagnosed.This is quite common and  is due to hormonal changes along with menstrual cycle.  The breasts become heavy,  tender and the pain fully disappears after the periods start.  This is not to be worried about as a sign of malignancy.

A.Breast Cancer

Let me give some practical information on early detection of breast cancer.

Breast Lump :    Classically a painless lump in breast like a buried pea or sometimes larger like a grape, is one of the important signs of breast cancer. It…

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Female Genital Mutilation

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Female genital mutilation (FGM) comprises all procedures involving partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons (WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, 1997).

It always saddens me when I read articles or see television programs about  FGM.

Seen from a human rights perspective, the practice reflects deep-rooted inequality between the sexes, and constitutes an extreme form of discrimination against women. (World Health Organization)

More importantly it is a painful and traumatic experience and I see it as yet more suffering for the sake of religion and social culture.

Please see the attached link about Global strategy to stop health-care providers from performing female genital mutilation

http://www.who.int/reproductivehealth/publications/fgm/rhr_10_9/en/index.html

and further information about this subject from the World Health Organization.

http://www.who.int/topics/female_genital_mutilation/en/

New Antidepressants Should Target Stress Hormone Effect

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Brave Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie was told she had an 87% chance of developing breast cancer as she carries the “faulty” BRCA1 gene. She then made the brave decision to have a double mastectomy. She said she did it for her children as she had lost her mother through breast cancer.

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2013/05/14/angelina-jolie-reveals-had-preventive-double-mastectomy-after-discovering/