As we settle into 2018, it’s time to test the steadfastness of our New Year’s resolutions – do we keep them or do they go by the wayside?
There is a good chance that one of your resolutions is to be healthier this year. Through good eating and exercise habits, we can all make lifestyle choices that can make us feel our best.
But preventing disease doesn’t stop there. We are all fortunate to live during a time of unprecedented medical innovation and knowledge, which enables us to prevent, detect, and treat many more conditions than we ever have before. For women, these advancements are particularly profound – and can make the difference between life and death.
As women’s health care professionals, we are celebrating the New Year with a look back at the past three decades to reflect not only how women’s health has evolved, but also how it has transformed the way that women stay healthy and live better, longer, and happier lives.
A few of the advancements that we feel have changed the outlook for today’s women include:
Breast cancer screening and instituting routine mammograms Breast cancer is the second most deadly cancer in women. Thanks to advancements in mammograms, including routine screenings, we have seen more instances of early detection and less breast cancer deaths in American women.
Prenatal screenings and ultrasound With cutting-edge prenatal tools and technologies, today’s obstetricians can quickly assess a pregnant woman and her unborn baby with more accuracy to ensure swift decision-making, should complications arise.
Cervical cancer screening and prevention Screenings for cervical cancer have rapidly improved, and the advent of the first HPV vaccine a little over a decade ago has helped this HPV-causing cancer decrease.
A better understanding of women’s cardiac issues We now have a solid understanding of the risks associated with heart disease in women, and acknowledge that this #1 killer is becoming an increasing health risk for many. The women’s health field uses this knowledge to guide patients toward choices that can improve their heart health so they can live better and longer.
We share this information with you because we believe that the more informed you and your family are about health care advancements, the better decisions you can make.
Please take a moment to acknowledge and appreciate all that the last three decades have brought to the field of women’s health. And more importantly, take advantage of these advancements and make sure you schedule your routine appointments, checkups, and procedures to ensure you lead the best life you can. You and your family deserve to have the healthiest year yet.
The authors are part of Beaver Dam Women’s Health, Ltd.