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Consumer Health: Women's health and living a longer, healthier life

Laurel Kelly, Mayo Clinic News Network on

Published in Health & Fitness

National Women's Health Week is observed May 8-14, which makes this a good time to learn about the biggest threats to women's health and what you can do to keep yourself healthy.

Two of the leading causes of death for women in the U.S. are heart disease and cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The good news is that healthy lifestyle choices can reduce your risk for both.

Heart disease describes a range of conditions that affect your heart, including coronary artery disease, heart rhythm problems, and disease of the heart muscle and valves. And some symptoms of heart disease in women can differ from those in men.

You can reduce your risk of heart disease by:

— Not smoking, or quitting if you already do.

— Controlling other health conditions, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes.


— Exercising at least 30 minutes per day most days of the week.

— Eating a diet that's low in salt and saturated fat.

— Maintaining a healthy weight.

The three most common cancers for women in the U.S. are breast, lung and colorectal, according to the National Cancer Institute.


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