Women and men have many of the same health problems, but they can affect women differently. For example, women may have different symptoms of heart disease. Some diseases or conditions are more common in women, such as osteoarthritis, obesity and depression. And some conditions, such as menopause and pregnancy, are unique to women.

Women sometimes neglect their own health and focus instead on their partner's and their children's. Take care of yourself first:

  • Plan for pregnancies and see your healthcare provider regularly while you are pregnant
  • Have regular mammograms
  • Get regular checkups and screenings. Early detection is important for treating breast, cervical, uterine and ovarian cancer.

The Facts:

  • 18.5 percent of women currently smoke.
  • 62 percent of women 20 years of age and older are overweight.
  • 31.5 percent of women 20 years of age and older have hypertension.

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