Women’s Health Month: Find Your Balance
October is Women’s Health Month, a time to focus on ways that women can improve their health and maintain a balanced lifestyle. The Military Health System encourages women to make themselves a priority and to be aware of specific health issues that affect their health.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the top four causes of death in females are heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory disease, and stroke. While women and men have many of the same health issues, women may be affected differently than men. And, some conditions are unique to women. This month, take this chance to learn more about health issues important to women.
Prevention is the best medicine — early detection and timely treatment can save lives. TRICARE covers Health Promotion and Disease Prevention exams for the purpose of a well-woman exam annually for women under age 65. There is no cost and you don’t need a referral.
Well-woman exams include breast and pelvic exams, Pap tests, and HPV DNA testing. Even if you’re healthy, regular health screenings can help you identify any early signs of health issues. Keep in mind different screenings are important for women during different ages and stages of life. Well-woman exams also cover screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, and more.
Sleep, physical activity, and good food habits are also key factors of preventive health. Mental health is just as important as physical health, and TRICARE offers mental health services.
Taking steps to improve your physical and mental health results in better health and increased readiness. It’s never too early or too late to work toward improving your health. This October and every day of the year, take command of your health and make choices to #FindYourBalance.