Women experience unique healthcare challenges and are more likely to be diagnosed with certain diseases than men. Across her lifespan, a woman’s health status matter to herself, her family and the society. Chronic diseases and conditions – such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes are the leading cause of death for women in the world. 38 percent of women suffer from one or more chronic diseases, compared to 30 percent of men.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women. Women may have more subtle symptoms of a heart attack such as upper abdominal pain, lightheadedness or fatigue. All women face the threat of heart disease. Knowing the symptoms is very important and MEDLIFE FOUNDATION are working in this direction to raise awareness about heart diseases among women in India by organizing camps to monitor risk factors like high cholesterol, high blood pressure and obesity.
Diabetes can lead to serious and costly complications, including heart disease, stroke, amputations, blindness and kidney disease. Women are also likely to develop diabetes during pregnancy. We organize various camps to monitor blood glucose level and other risk factors like hypertension and obesity.
The Indian Council of Medical Research recently projected that India might register over 17 lakh new cases of cancer and over 8 lakh deaths because of this disease by 2020.
The fact that more number of women have cancer than men in India, reverses the global trend which sees a 25% higher cancer incidence of men than women.
Breast cancer, cervical, ovarian and uterine cancers account for 70 percent of cancer cases among women in India. Breast cancer accounts for 27 percent of all cases among women and about 10 percent of them are inherited. What makes it more dangerous for women is mainly the lack of awareness and reluctance to visit the doctor. MEDLIFE FOUNDATION has organized several health check-up camps for screening and monitoring of women health including blood pressure monitoring, mammograms, blood glucose level checkup and raising awareness about cervical cancer and that it is mainly caused by an HPV infection and is preventable. Various camps have been organized:
- Rortaract Club of Kolhapur
- Alpa Mahanagar News Paper, Nasik
- Mahindra and Mahindra, Nasik
- NIMA women’s Forum, Nasik
- Motiwala college, Nasik
Active participation of the volunteers at MEDLIFE FOUNDATION and MEDFEM INDIA had gone a long way in raising awareness about the importance of women healthcare.