women’s health week 2022: time to focus on your needs

29 Apr 2022

It’s Women’s Health Week! This year, May 8–14 is the time to celebrate women—and to remind you to prioritize your health. If it’s been awhile since you’ve taken time to focus on yourself, that’s okay! This checklist will help you get started:

have you scheduled a checkup lately?

Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important to schedule your annual checkup and preventive screenings. This is a chance for you to talk to your doctor about any health concerns. Your doctor will ask about your lifestyle, such as diet, exercise, medication use and safety habits.

Along with a physical, your doctor may recommend a Pap smear to check for cervical cancer, tests for sexually transmitted infections, or other tests depending on your age. They may also recommend vaccinations or other preventive treatments.

If you have had breast cancer treatment, you may still need to schedule follow-up mammograms, unless you have had both breasts removed. If you’re not sure whether you need a mammogram, ask your doctor.

If you have had breast cancer treatment, you may still need to schedule follow-up mammograms, unless you have had both breasts removed. If you’re not sure whether you need a mammogram, ask your doctor.

are you caring for your mental health?

Daily life can be stressful. If you’re going through breast cancer treatment or adjusting to life after treatment, you may be feeling more difficult emotions than usual. Your mental and emotional health deserves the same care as your physical body.

It’s okay to look for help! You might consider a therapist to help you learn ways to cope with your feelings.

It may also help to seek out others who share your experiences. A breast cancer support group, or even an online forum, can connect you with a community and help you find comfort.

could your lifestyle use more healthy habits?

You could also use this week as a reminder to check in about your diet. Are you eating a balance of fruits and veggies, whole grains, dairy and lean meats? If you drink alcohol, are you drinking in moderation? (The CDC recommends limiting consumption to one drink a day for women.)

Eating healthy is important for managing a healthy weight. If you’ve had chemotherapy, you may have recently gained weight because of this or because chemotherapy can sometimes kickstart menopause. Read more about managing your weight during breast cancer treatment.

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