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Fast facts on cervical cancer

No one wants to think about contracting a disease or facing a life-threatening illness like cancer. But knowing about risk factors and getting educated about signs and symptoms can make a difference in early detection and treatment. With most cancers, the earlier the diagnosis, the best chance for survival.

Cervical cancer affects thousands of women in North America. It begins in the cells of the cervix, essentially the gateway between the vagina and the uterus in the female reproductive system. Before cancer develops, the Canadian Cancer Society says that abnormal cells in the cervix will develop. But there's more to know. Here are some facts about cervical cancer.
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What women should know about heart disease

Millions of women around the country live with cardiovascular disease and may not know it. The consequences of being uninformed can be fatal.

According to the National Coalition for Women With Heart Disease, heart disease is the leading cause of death in American women. More women die from heart disease than breast cancer in any given year, and the Public Health Agency of Canada says that heart disease is the leading cause of death among Canadian women over the age of 55. That's a frightening reality that might surprise some.
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Routine checkup schedule for women

While there are many health screenings relevant to both men and women, there are also tests specific to each gender. Two of the more important routine screenings women should be aware of are regular mammograms and pap tests, which can both diagnose risk factors for certain types of cancer.
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Why are women prone to autoimmune diseases?

Autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus, are more likely to affect women than men. Now researchers are beginning to understand why.

Diseases like lupus, arthritis, multiple sclerosis and psoriasis are caused by a body's natural defense system attacking the body instead of fending off actual illnesses. In August 2011, researchers at National Jewish Health determined that immune system B-cells make autoantibodies that bind to and attack the body's own tissue. The researchers found that high levels of these cells were most notable in older female mice. The findings were presented in the journal Blood.

According to senior author Philippa Marrack, Ph.D., a professor of immunology at National Jewish Health and an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, "We believe these cells could be useful in the diagnosis and treatment of autoimmune diseases, and may help us understand general mechanisms underlying autoimmunity."
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Women can take health cues from the rest of the world

North American women may want to take health advice from women in other areas of the world. As it turns out, international women may have the secrets to living longer and avoiding medical conditions that seem to plague women in the U.S. and Canada.
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Exercise myths aging women should ignore

Fatigue and minor aches and pains that often come with aging can make exercise seem like a wrong activity for older women to partake in. While every woman should discuss her specific physical condition with a physician, especially if those aches and pains are persistent, adopting a sedentary lifestyle is not likely to make things better.
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Acceptable exercises for pregnant women

Women commonly gain weight during pregnancy. Though such weight gain is expected and perfectly natural, some women still want to maintain a healthy weight and hope to avoid gaining a few too many pounds while they're pregnant. Exercise can be a great way for women to fight off those extra pregnancy pounds, but a woman should discuss any exercise regimen should be discussed with her physician before beginning. Certain activities, such as skiing and horseback riding, should be avoided during pregnancy. But the following are a few exercise options for pregnant women, courtesy of the American Pregnancy Association.
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