Women, Test Your Health IQ
Just how much do you know about your health? Do you know what the leading cause of death for all women is? Are you more at risk of a hip fracture than a man? Test your knowledge about women's health issues by answering the questions below. Click on the correct answer for each question to find out if you're right. There is also a link to learn more about the topic.
1. Breast cancer is the leading cause of death for all women - False. Heart disease is the number one cause of death in women. Heart disease was responsible for approximately 373,600 deaths in women in 1999. Breast cancer caused about 41,000 deaths in women the same year. You can lower your risk for heart disease by getting regular exercise, maintaining a healthy body weight, quitting smoking, and eating a nutritious diet. The other leading causes of death for women are cancer, stroke, chronic lower respiratory diseases, and diabetes. For more information, visit the Heart Center.
2. In general, a woman should have a Pap smear if she is sexually active and has a cervix, at least every 3 years - True. A pap test is a routine screening test used to detect cervical cancer and cervical changes that could lead to cervical cancer. Through early detection and treatment, cervical cancer can be prevented. Women are encouraged to have a test done every 3 years. Your health care provider may determine that testing may need to be done more frequently, based on your sexual and medical history. For more information, visit the MedicineNet.com Pap Smear Center.