Women’s health week is one of Australia’s biggest awareness events focused on maintaining and wellbeing for all women and girls. This yearly event held by Jean Hailes encourages women and girls to learn more about their health requirements and medical needs to improve their health by making the right choices. This Women’s Health Week, we at Sunstate Family Practice encourage all women in our community to focus on their medical needs and take time to check on their health regularly.
Why does women's health matter?
In this time of global pandemic and juggling professional and personal life, women’s health has never been more important. It doesn’t only include taking care of physical health, but mental wellbeing is also vital for a woman’s overall good health.
Women can also play a crucial role in maintaining a family’s health. And, as such, they can quite often start neglecting their own health needs. Therefore, it is imperative for women to take the time to look after themselves and visit their doctors regularly.
Never miss your health checks
According to The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, there has been a significant drop in the number of female attendees due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
Even in the most difficult times, it is important for every woman to recognise their physical and mental health needs and not miss or delay any health screenings.
Cardiovascular diseases for example are a major threat to the health of Australia women, affecting over two million Australia women at any given time. However, most of these health threats are always preventable- if you do it.
Talking with your health providers is the best way to understand your risks and prevent diseases. All women must be well informed about their health risks, the facts and not ignore any mental issues.
Manage health threats through regular screenings
Blood tests, cholesterol screenings, mammograms and Pap smears are only some of the regular health checks important for women’s healthy wellbeing.
If you diligently follow your health schedules with experts, it can make a big difference in your life. For example, women diagnosed with breast cancer can successfully recover with early treatment that is only possible if the cancer is detected in an early stage.
Important health screenings every woman should do.
A simple blood test can reveal a lot on your health – how well your organs are functioning, diagnose diseases including infections, cancer, coronary heart conditions and many more.
In fact, blood tests help in identifying potential conditions early that help your doctor to start a management plan, treatments and medications that can work best for you.
Blood pressure and cholesterol checks
If you have diabetes, heart diseases or any other certain medical conditions, having your blood pressure checked at least once in a year is recommended.
Cholesterol screenings are tools to detect and assess your risks for heart disease and stroke. An abnormal level of cholesterol puts you at risk for heart disease. In this case, consult your doctor who can initiate a management plan to prevent or mitigate your risks.
Every woman at the age of 45 should start regular blood screenings and consult local GPs to prepare a roadmap to good health.
Again starting at the age of 45, every woman should get regular blood glucose tests, at least once every two years to check for diabetes and prediabetes.
If you’re obese or if you have other risks such as if you have a first-degree relative diagnosed with diabetes or a family history of heart diseases then you should have more frequent diabetes screenings.
Breast cancer screening
Early detection of breast cancer through mammograms is crucial to saving your life from the disease. Screenings can detect early signs of abnormalities, ensuring that your doctor gets enough time to decide on your treatment plans and help you recover as quickly as possible.
According to BreastScreen Australia, women aged 50-74 should undergo a screening mammogram every two years, whereas women aged between 40 to 49 or 75 or older should seek help from their GPs and decide on how often screening is required.
Bone health check
When you get older, visiting regular bone density tests for screening osteoporosis is recommended. With early identification of low bone density, medical assistance, medications, lifestyle changes and therapies can help protect your bone health and reduce the risks for fractures.
Choose a healthier lifestyle and make health a priority
While it is impossible to entirely eliminate all your health risks, choosing to adapt to a new healthier lifestyle is definitely beneficial. Quitting or reducing smoking, choosing vegetables over processed food or getting more active are some ways to control most risks.
If you’re stressed and not in a healthy mental state, seek help from GPs. GPs can be your first port of call for managing stress and chronic mental issues, and can refer you to specialists or other allied health professionals for further treatment if required.
This Women’s Health Week, we encourage all women in our community to focus on your medical needs and take time to check on your health regularly.