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    Women’s Health, Whole Health

    by Ngozi Osuagwu, MD | May 14th, 2023

    Women’s Health, Whole Health

    This past Friday, I had a bit of a scare. I was past due for my yearly mammogram and got it done. The radiologist saw something on the left breast that was not there on previous scans. I needed to have additional testing. I was told that if I had time and was willing to wait, they could squeeze me into the schedule for additional testing on the left breast. I got the diagnostic mammogram which tests the breast at different angles and compresses the breast more than the screening mammogram. The radiologist told me since the lesion was not seen on this comprehensive imaging, I was okay. What a relief.

    This week is National Women’s Health Week, and the theme this year is Women’s Heath, Whole Health: Prevention, Care, and Wellbeing. This week reminds us of how important it is for us to prioritize our health. It is so important to focus on our whole health – physical, psychological, emotional, and social wellbeing. Your mammogram at age 40 and above is part of your health. Nutrition, exercise, sleep, managing stress, and preventive care can improve overall health for a healthier future.

    The Office on Women’s Health is sponsoring several events:

    Women’s Health and Aging, Expert Q & A – Monday, May 15 at 1:00 pm ET

    Menopause and Optimizing Midlife Health of Women – Tuesday, May 16, 2023, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. ET

    Connecting Women to Healthcare Through HRSA Programs, Wednesday, May 17, 1:00 – 2:00 pm ET

    You can find out to register for these events by clicking here. When you get to this page, scroll down to register for the event you are interested in.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the following steps for better health. You can click on the link for in-depth information.

    1. Get regular checkups, including a yearly well-woman exam. Use this as an opportunity to talk to your healthcare provider about your health concerns. Even if you are not due for your pap smear to be done, it is important to visit your healthcare provider.
    1. Get active – something is better than nothing
    1. Eat a healthy and balanced diet
    1. Prioritize your mental health and learn how to cope with stress.
    1. Practice healthy behaviors. Daily decisions influence overall health.

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