Snapshots on Women's Health

Arthritis is More Common in Women

Source: Utah Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System 2013

Arthritis can a painful and debilitating disease. It affects one of every five adults in the U.S. and is the leading cause of disability. About two-thirds of people with arthritis are younger than age 65.  In Utah, women have higher rates of arthritis than men across every age group. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends taking a few simple steps to help keep the pain away:

  • Learn arthritis management strategies
  • Be active
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National Women's Health Week

Celebrating Women's Health  - National Women's Health Week is May 10-16

National Women’s Health Week is an observance led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health. The goal is to empower women to make their health a priority. The week also serves as a time to help women understand what steps they can take to improve their health. The 16th annual National Women’s Health Week kicks off on Mother’s Day, May 10, and is celebrated until May 16, 2015.

What steps can I take for better health?

To improve your physical and mental health,...

March is National Colon Cancer Awareness Month

  • Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths for both men and women in Utah.
  • There are no early warning signs of the disease. 
  • Ninety percent of new cases of colon cancer are found in people aged 50 or older.
  • Recommended screening is the most effective way to prevent colon cancer. Adults should be screened for colon cancer beginning at age 50.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the following colon cancer screening tests:
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Women's Preventive Health Services - Enrol by February 15

Under the Affordable Care Act, women’s preventive health care services – such as mammograms, screenings for cervical cancer, and other services – are already covered with no cost sharing for new health plans. The Affordable Care Act also made recommended preventive services free for people on Medicare.   Under the law, many private plans also must cover regular well-baby and well-child visits without cost sharing. With the addition of these new benefits, the Affordable Care Act continues to make wellness...

November is National Diabetes Month

Diabetes is a disease in which blood sugar levels are too high. Most people with diabetes have type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes develops when the body doesn’t produce enough insulin and/or does not use insulin effectively. This type of diabetes can often be prevented or delayed through appropriate lifestyle changes.  About 5-10% of people with diabetes have type 1 diabetes, an autoimmune condition that requires daily insulin injections.  The cause of type 1 diabetes is not fully understood.

How many people have diabetes?

  • Diabetes affects about 26 million Americans.  The number of adults in Utah who are
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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

  • One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.
  • Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women.
  • Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women.
  • Each year, an estimated 220,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will die.
  • In Utah, about 250 women die from breast cancer every year.



Who Should Get Screened for Breast...

August is National Immunization Awareness Month

Vaccinations can protect children from serious, potentially fatal, diseases.  The best protection is offered when children’s immunizations are up to date.  

  • Rates of vaccinations for children aged 19 to 35 months are generally about the same for both Utah and the U.S. 
  • Of the three types of vaccinations shown in Figure 1, the lowest rates of compliance is seen for MMRs. Only about 87 percent (87.3%) of young children have received this vaccination.
  • As children prepare to go back to school, it is especially important that they
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2014 Utah Women's Well-Being Report

The Well-Being of Women in Utah: An Overview

A Research Briefing from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research and YWCA Utah

The well-being of women is integral to the economic vitality and overall health of Utah. Nearly one million women live in the state; when they thrive, so do their families and communities. Initiatives in Utah to strengthen women’s overall well-being must address complex realities. On the one hand, Utah’s women have made significant progress in recent decades. They are active in the workforce, make important economic contributions to their families and communities, have experienced a narrowing of the gender...

March is National Women's History Month

Some key characteristic of women's health status in Utah.

  • The number of males in Utah is generally greater than the number of females until age 50, when females begin to outnumber males
  • The proportion of the population that is aged 65 or over is increasing for both males and females
  • The ratio of females to males is especially high for the oldest age groups
  • Overall health status, for both men and women, declines as the population ages. Some examples of declining health
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