What Are Some Of The Leading Issues In Australian Women’s Health?
While men and women both can be susceptible to chronic health problems, there are certain issues which affect women differently — and more severely. Women’s Health doesn’t just focus on the issues of breast cancer, cervical cancer or pregnancy; it is a holistic approach to healthcare for women, so you can receive the best possible advice.
In this blog we explore just some of the issues that affect Australian women, and how our medical centre can assist in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men in Australia, and the second highest cause of death for women , following dementia and Alzheimer’s. Many women are unaware how common this disease is. Furthermore, many patients are not aware of their condition until they suffer a heart attack or angina .
A mix of controllable and non-controllable risk factors contribute to the presentation of heart disease. High blood pressure, high cholesterol or smoking are contributing factors for coronary heart disease. Your GP can assist with the diagnosis of chronic heart disease with on-invasive techniques including an ECG, an Echocardiogram, blood tests or stress test.
With early detection, lifestyle changes and treatment, the condition may be managed. Some of the simplest ways to reduce your chance of chronic heart disease is to live a healthier lifestyle, which includes physical activity, controlling your blood pressure and cholesterol, eating a balanced diet, maintaining a health weight and not smoking.
Are you aware of the difference between ovarian and cervical cancer? While cervical cancer starts in the lower uterus, ovarian cancer starts in the fallopian tubes, when one or both ovaries grow abnormally and lead to cancer.
Both conditions have similar symptoms, including pain and bleeding, so it’s important to speak with your doctor if you are noticing any unusual symptoms . Unlike cervical cancer which can be detected with a Pap smear, there is no early detection test for ovarian cancer. It’s important for women to educate themselves on both cervical and ovarian cancer, so they can notify their doctor if they experience any unexplained symptoms.
It’s important for every woman to speak with their GP if they notice any unusual symptoms including frequent urination or discharge. Gynecological symptoms can often mimic other heath conditions, so it’s vital for women to act quickly if they are concerned about their health.
In regards to sexual health, many STIs are, unfortunately, on the rise in Australian. While most are easily treated, if an STI is not diagnosed early, it can lead to major health issues including kidney failure or infertility.
Speak to your doctor about tests and treatments for any gynecological concerns.
Young women don’t often stop to consider their bone health, yet osteoporosis should be a women’s health issue that’s on everyone’s radar.
Osteoporosis results in weakened bones which allows them to easily break or fracture.
Your GP can assess the likelihood of osteoporosis by determining any risk factors. If your doctor is concerned, you will be sent for a bone density test, which is a quick and painless scan.
The good news is that there are plenty of ways that women can decrease their risk of developing osteoporosis. Prevention includes regular physical exercise, and ensuring your body has adequate levels of vitamin D and calcium. Women are often the family members who look after everyone else, while neglecting their own needs. If you’re overdue for a general check-up, or you are concerned about Women’s Health Issues, please contact Brisbane’s Junction Road Family Practice on 07 3857 2799 and schedule an appointment.
 Australian Institute of Health and Welfare https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/life-expectancy-death/deaths-in-australia/contents/leading-causes-of-death
 Heart Foundation https://www.heartfoundation.org.au/conditions/coronary-heart-disease
 Ovarian Cancer Australia https://www.ovariancancer.net.au/page/134/signs-and-symptoms
 Osteoporosis Australia https://www.osteoporosis.org.au/prevention