Silent Killers All Women Should Know About
Although cervical cancer is one of the deadliest types of cancer, it is also one of the most preventable. Still, over 12,000 new cases are diagnosed in the U.S. each year. Women who contract certain strains of HPV (specifically 16 and 18) are at the highest risk. However, the cancer is slow-growing and the average age of women diagnosed with cervical cancer is mid-50s. If precancerous lesions are detected early, cryosurgery, surgical conization and several other treatments are very effective.
Cervical Cancer – Why It’s a Silent Killer
HPV is one of the most common STDs in the world, affecting over 24 million Americans. Women who do not get regular Pap tests may not even be aware that they’ve contracted the high-risk subtype of HPV that causes nearly all cervical cancers. Additionally, cervical cancer rarely shows any signs or symptoms until it’s progressed into a dangerous stage. It’s extremely important that women have routine Pap tests to screen for HPV.
Heart disease is the number 1 killer of women. It includes any condition that adversely affects the heart muscle or blood vessels, and results in the heart’s inability to pump enough blood to maintain the body’s systems. One of the leading causes of heart attack (and stroke) is hypertension.
Hypertension – Why It’s a Silent Killer
Hypertension is often referred to as the “silent killer” because it usually has no warning signs or symptoms and many people are unaware that they have it. Roughly 1 in 3 adults have high blood pressure and fewer than half are treating it. Checking your blood pressure regularly and taking steps to prevent high blood pressure with diet and exercise can drastically reduce your risk of developing heart disease.
Although ovarian cancer only accounts for roughly 3% of cancers in women, it also causes more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system. Ovarian cancer usually develops in older women and most are diagnosed at age 63 or older. Unfortunately, the cause of ovarian cancer is still unknown.
Ovarian Cancer – Why It’s a Silent Killer
Until quite recently, ovarian cancer was considered one of the deadliest silent killers in women. This is due in part to there being no reliable screening test as well as no symptoms. New evidence, however, shows that symptoms can, in fact, appear early on, before spreading beyond the primary tumor site. The problem is that most of these symptoms are very non-specific and mild, including things like bloating and abdominal pain, which most women don’t take very seriously.
Different forms of Hepatitis can cause acute and chronic inflammation of the liver than can lead to cirrhosis and cancer. The most common cause of hepatitis is viral including hepatitis A, hepatitis B and hepatitis C. Viral hepatitis is responsible for 80% of all primary liver cancers, killing over a million people a year.
Hepatitis – Why It’s a Silent Killer
As with the others on the list, most people with hepatitis have no signs of infection. The symptoms that do show up early are vague, including fatigue, nausea and muscle and joint aches. It is also a problem that is often overlooked and neglected, flying below the radar, despite it now being more prevalent than HIV/AIDS. Blood tests are available to check for hepatitis.
There are two types of full-blown diabetes; Type 1 and Type 2. Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to kidney failure, heart disease and many other serious problems. If detected early, diabetes can be effectively managed. Those at high risk for diabetes include those who are overweight, have a family history of diabetes, or have high blood pressure.
Diabetes – Why It’s a Silent Killer
Diabetes is known as a silent killer because its symptoms are easy to miss, including frequent urination, weight loss and itchy skin. Although diabetes affects 24 million people in the U.S. only about 18 million actually know that they have it. A simple blood test is all that is needed to find out.