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National Women’s Health Week Prioritizes Prevention, Care And Wellbeing

Prioritizing women’s health, physical, psychological, emotional and social wellbeing has never been more important.

During National Women’s Health Week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health is encouraging women and girls to reflect on their individual needs and take steps to improve and maintain their overall health.

Some of the most common conditions that affect women include:

•Preventative Health

•Reproductive and Sexual Health

•Heart Disease

•Mental Health

•Cancer Focusing on the different aspects of your personal health, for instance nutrition, exercise, sleep, managing stress and preventive care, can help to improve your overall health for a healthier future.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, women’s preventative health screenings have experienced a decline. According to the National Cancer Institute, more than 9.4 million cancer screening tests, such as mammograms, drastically reduced in 2020 as compared to previous years. The Centers for Disease Control Early Detection Program reported a decline of 87 percent for breast cancer screenings in April 2020 and 84 percent for cervical cancer screenings as compared with the previous 5-year averages for that month.

Women are encouraged to get regular checkups, including a yearly well-woman exam. Talk to a healthcare provider about any health concerns you have.

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