Women: Be Aware of These Health Issues

September is a popular month for awareness campaigns, and many of them are related to female health.

In honor of Gynecological Cancer Awareness Month, Menopause Awareness Month, Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Awareness Month, ARCpoint Labs is covering the basics on these conditions.

Women’s Health Issues

Gynecological Cancer

There are 5 types of cancer that deal with a woman’s reproductive organs:

  1. Cervical cancer
  2. Ovarian cancer
  3. Uterine cancer
  4. Vaginal cancer
  5. Vulvar cancer

Altogether, these cancers are known as gynecological cancers.

A woman’s risk for gynecological cancers increase with age. Women should schedule regular screenings to catch these cancers early and begin treatment as soon as possible.

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While ovarian cancer only accounts for 3% of cancers among women, it is more fatal than any other gynecological cancer. Risk factors for ovarian cancer include age, obesity, use of certain fertility drugs, certain hormone therapies, and family history of ovarian, breast, or colorectal cancer.

Women should see a doctor if they exhibit signs of ovarian cancer, such as bloating, the urgent or frequent need to urinate, difficulty eating, pelvic pain, fatigue, back pain, constipation, or changes to the menstrual cycle.

Menopause

Menopause is the end of menstruation, which usually occurs in women during their 40s or 50s. It signals the end of fertility. The physical symptoms that accompany menopause are not fun: they include hot flashes, anxiety, lower energy, and inability to sleep.

In the months or years leading up to menopause, it’s a good idea to take preventative health measures, like colorectal and breast cancer screenings, lipid tests, thyroid testing, and breast or pelvic exams.

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

Sometimes, a woman’s hormonal imbalance can lead to polycystic ovarian syndrome, or PCOS. PCOS can cause menstruation issues and make it hard to get pregnant. It can also lead to more serious health issues like heart disease or diabetes if left untreated.

Symptoms of PCOS include acne, weight gain, difficulty losing weight, extra facial or body hair, thinning hair or balding, menstrual irregularities, high blood pressure, fertility issues, or depression. Certain lab tests can reveal whether a woman is suffering from PCOS; these include blood pressure tests, blood sugar tests, and hormone tests to check the thyroid and other glands.

Women: Visit ARCpoint Labs for Help With These Health Issues

You may think that the doctor’s office is your only source for help when you display symptoms of these health issues. This isn’t true, though — the ARCpoint Labs facilities located nationwide can also serve as your health solution. Our walk-in facilities offer affordable lab testing with no insurance, doctor’s orders, or appointments needed. We can test your blood sugar, blood pressure, thyroid health, hormone levels, cholesterol and lipid levels, and more.

To learn more about our extensive Female Health Panels, including our Menopause Panel, find your nearest ARCpoint Labs today!

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