Snapshots on Women's Health

HIV / AIDS

December 1 is World AIDS Day

HIV is the human immunodeficiency virus.  HIV damages a person’s body by destroying specific blood cells called CD4 and T cells, which are crucial to helping the body fight disease. 

HIV is primarily transmitted through unprotected sex, sharing needles or other type of equipment used for injecting drugs. HIV can be passed from mother to fetus or newborn. It can also be passed through blood-to-blood contact.

In 2009, 23 percent of new HIV infections in the U.S. were among women.  Black and Latina women...

Diabetes

November is National Diabetes Month
November 14 is World Diabetes Day

Nationally, about 19 million Americans have been diagnosed with diabetes. An increasing number of Americans is being diagnosed each year.  If the current trend continues, as many as 15 percent of all Americans could have diabetes by 2050.

An estimated 130,000 Utah adults (about 6.7 percent or one in 15 adults) have been diagnosed with diabetes.

Diabetes is serious

  • Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S. In Utah, it is the sixth leading cause of
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Breast Cancer

  • The age-adjusted incidence rate of breast cancer among Utah females has increased, from 83.9 new cases for every 100,000 Utah females in 1980 to a rate of 104.2 new cases in 2009, about a 25 percent increase over 19 years.
  • One in 8 American women will develop breast cancer.
  • An estimated 1,500 women in Utah will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year.
  • Breast cancer is second only to skin cancer as the most common cancer among American women.
  • In Utah, breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths among
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Ovarian Cancer Rates

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Source: Utah Cancer Registry, the National Cancer Institute Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) Program

  • Ovarian cancer is the leading cause of death from gynecologic cancers among females.
  • Risk factors for ovarian cancer include being middle-aged or older; having a close family member with ovarian cancer; having a history of endometriosis; having a history of breast, uterine, or colorectal cancer; being of Eastern European Jewish descent; and having trouble getting pregnant or having never given birth.
  • Ovarian cancer symptoms can include bloating, pelvic or abdominal pain, difficulty eating or feeling full quickly, or
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