Thursday, May 11, 2017

Women's Health Week 2017, May 14 - 20

Next week marks the 18th annual National Women's Health Week! This initiative seeks to empower women to take small, manageable steps for longer, healthier, and happier lives. Some of those steps include eating healthy, being active, managing stress, getting enough sleep, and visiting your health care provider for preventative screenings. 

Women who don’t receive appropriate cancer screenings face a greater risk of late stage cancer detection and death. The good news is early diagnosis through regular screenings can prevent 98 percent of breast cancer deaths, 96 percent of cervical cancer deaths, and 87 percent of colorectal cancer deaths.

Additionally, knowing your risk for developing cardiovascular disease and diabetes can give you the chance to make lifestyle changes that can prevent the development of those diseases. Screenings can save hundreds of lives and keep thousands of women from getting cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes or other chronic diseases.

Most health insurance covers breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screenings at no cost to the individual. In addition, resources are available around the state for free breast and cervical cancers screenings. The department’s Women’s Wellness Connection program offers free breast and cervical cancer screenings to eligible women.

As of January 1, 2017, an expansion of the free cervical cancer screening program, which previously only screened eligible women ages 40-64, made more than 50,000 additional women across Colorado, ages 21-39, eligible for the screening program.

During National Women's Health Week, entire communities come together to raise awareness of women's health issues and support activities that showcase the importance of women's health. Additional information and resources for your community can be found at the National Women's Health Week website. 

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