Women Can Get HIV, Too. That’s Why They Need to Get Tested for HIV.

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a type of virus that attacks your body’s immune system, leaving you more at risk for infections. It can be spread by coming into contact with someone else’s infected blood or body fluids. Some people may wonder if women can get HIV. And the answer is yes. One in 4 people living with HIV in the U.S is a woman. HIV can hide in the body for years and doesn’t tend to […]

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For Nearly a Year, Doctors Dismissed My Bladder Cancer Symptoms as UTIs

As told to Nicole Audrey Spector In 2013, I was at an amusement park with my family when I started experiencing sudden and frequent urges to urinate and a burning sensation when I peed. At first I chalked it up to getting older. I figured, “Well, maybe things aren’t working as well as they used to.” I was otherwise in great health and had no history of urinary tract infections (UTIs) or bladder problems. Though I wasn’t […]

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You and Your Bladder

From the Desk of Beth Battaglino, RN, CEO, HealthyWomen It’s an undeniable fact. No one knows your body like you do. And when something doesn’t feel quite right, it’s important that you pay attention, speak up and seek answers. Shirley Norris learned this lesson when she first noticed bright red blood in her urine in 2014. She’d had a hysterectomy, so she knew it couldn’t be her period. She saw a urologist for the next couple of […]

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Conversación sobre la salud: ¿Qué son los tratamientos quirúrgicos para fibromas?

Los fibromas uterinos son tan frecuentes que 8 de cada 10 mujeres los tendrán antes de cumplir 50 años. Estas protuberancias no cancerosas generalmente no se consideran peligrosas y algunos fibromas no causan síntomas. Pero dependiendo de su tamaño, lugar y cantidad, los fibromas pueden causar complicaciones o síntomas tales como dolor pélvico, problemas de la vejiga o sangrado menstrual abundante. Existe una gama de tratamientos quirúrgicos disponibles si los fibromas afectan tu salud o tu calidad […]

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Clinically Speaking: What Are the Surgical Treatments for Fibroids?

Español Uterine fibroids are so common that 8 out of 10 women will develop them before they reach age 50. These non-cancerous growths generally aren’t considered dangerous and some fibroids cause no symptoms at all. But depending on their size, place and number, fibroids can cause complications or symptoms such as pelvic pain, bladder issues or heavy menstrual bleeding. There are a range of surgical treatments available if fibroids are affecting your health or quality of life. […]

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Women Who Have Never Smoked Can Get Lung Cancer

Medically reviewed by Jenn Duke, M.D. + Infographic text Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death in the U.S.  More women than men get lung cancer. In 2023, more than 120,000 new cases of lung cancer will be diagnosed in women, compared with 117,550 in men Why are women at higher risk of lung cancer?  Researchers are still studying this, but possibilities include: Genetic differences in the way women’s bodies repair damaged DNA, which can […]

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Fast Facts: What Women Need to Know About Cardiovascular Disease

September is National Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) Awareness Month Medically reviewed by Nieca Goldberg, M.D. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the no. 1 cause of death in women in the U.S. But only 44 out of 100 women know that CVD is their biggest risk. Knowing the signs and symptoms of CVD and when to talk to your healthcare provider (HCP) can save your life. What is cardiovascular disease? CVD includes any disease that affects the heart or blood […]

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Deborah Norville Keeps Her Viewers Close and Her Doctors Closer

For more than 25 years, Deborah Norville, 65, has been on screen in living rooms across America as the host of the popular show Inside Edition, among other shows. And while she’s spent much of her career informing the public, Norville never expected that someone would return the favor. In 2000, an eagle-eyed viewer, who’d once had thyroid cancer, reached out to Norville’s publicist. She mentioned that she noticed a lump on her neck and encouraged Norville […]

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Ask the Expert: Urothelial Bladder Cancer

This educational resource was created with support from Merck. + Video transcript What is urothelial bladder cancer (UBC?) Urothelial bladder cancer is a cancer that arises from the urethral cells, which are the inner lining of the bladder collecting systems of the kidneys and the ureters, and they also line part of the urethra. Most commonly, this cancer occurs in the bladder and other sites are much more rare, such as the upper tracks in the urethra. […]

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Vivir con cáncer endometrial

Era 2017 y Jurline Redeaux estaba teniendo un buen año. Tenía 65 años y estaba teniendo éxito, disfrutaba su empleo como trabajadora social para el condado de Los Ángeles y la estabilidad financiera que ese cargo le daba. Entonces un día Jurline notó lo que parecía ser sangre menstrual y puesto que ella es menopáusica, decidió hacer que revisen el sangrado inmediatamente. Un poco después le diagnosticaron cáncer endometrial, un tipo de cáncer que empieza en la […]

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