National Women’s Health Week 2015

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Recently I was contacted by a woman who is a 9 year cancer survivor of a rare form of cancer caused by asbestos exposure. You can read Heather’s incredible story here.

She shared with me that National Women’s Checkup Day is on May 12th, as a part of an annual event called National Women’s Health Week that kicks off every year on Mother’s Day, and asked if I would want to share with my readers?

My answer? HECK YES!!!

This week is a great reminder for all women that we need to be an advocate for our own health and make regular check-ups and visits to the doctor a priority.

How quickly do you run your child into the doctor at the sign of illness or an ongoing symptom? Would you skip your child’s annual physical? No way! We need to treat our check-ups and doctor visits with the same level of priority.

On the website there are some great resources by age on things you can do to be proactive in your help.

Listen To Your Body

Since we are talking about health, in addition to your regular check-ups, it’s important to listen to your body and see a doctor if you sense a change in your body or if you have a sense something is different or not right.

Our intuition is one of our greatest gifts as women – when it comes to our own bodies we need to use it. 

Summer is Coming – Don’t Forget Your Skin Cancer Check-Up!

Living in Southern California we are in the sun year-round.   Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer – and 1 in 5 adults will be affected by skin cancer in their lifetime. It’s also the easiest to treat and cure if detected early.

The Skin Cancer Foundation says every individual should be seen by a dermatologist for skin cancer check once a year, sometimes more depending on your risk.  Spring time is a great time to schedule your skin check before the summer months.  Here are four questions to ask your dermatologist.

I have a family history of melanoma so I see a dermatologist every six months for a skin check.  Every time I go they ask me if I have noticed an changes, at all.  Changes can be in size, shape, texture, or any new symptoms like scaling, itching or bleeding.  Please see your doctor if you have a mole, freckle or growth that is new or evolving or changing. Here’s a great resource I found on what to look for.

Now ladies, pick up the phone and make those doctor appointments!



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