Women’s health refers to health issues that are specific to the human female anatomy. These often include diseases or conditions related to the female reproductive system, such as ovarian and cervical cancers, menopause, and premenstrual syndrome.
Women’s health may be defined more broadly to include a wide array of conditions that affect both men and women, but they are more prevalent in women than in men. An example of this would be breast cancer. Breast cancer occurs in men and women, however, it is much more common in women, and is therefore thought of as a women’s health issue.
Women’s health may also include conditions that affect both men and women, but affect women differently, such as heart disease. Heart disease in a serious concern to both men and women, but risk factors and preventive strategies may differ in women, and women may experience different symptoms of an impending heart attack than men. Research has shown that there are differences between sexes in terms of susceptibility, symptoms, and response to treatment.
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