The statistics regarding breast cancer are alarming:
- The rate of new cases of breast cancer has been increasing by just over 1% per year since the 1940s.
- In 2005, an estimated 211,240 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed among women.
- 1 in 8 women either has or will develop breast cancer in her lifetime.
Despite those statistics, there is also some very good news: great strides have been made in the detection and treatment of breast cancer. Even though the incidence of new cases has increased each year, mortality rates have significantly decreased. If detected early, the 5 year survival rate is 95%! There are more than 2 million breast cancer survivors in the US today!
Many women suffer in silence, afraid or embarrassed to talk about such a personal issue – pelvic pain. Others visit numerous health care providers seeking answers about the source of their pain. An estimated 15% of women 18-50 experience chronic pelvic pain, though it is difficult to know accurate numbers as many women do not report their symptoms. It is also often misdiagnosed. Chronic pelvic pain can vary in intensity, and often increases in severity during menstruation.
Are you, or is someone you know an “exercise junkie”? Do you worry about your weight, restrict your food and fluid intake, diet constantly, or exercise excessively to avoid gaining weight? Has your menstrual cycle been disrupted, is it erratic, or has it stopped altogether? Do you feel stressed or depressed? Have you resorted to taking diet pills and laxatives? Do you ever force yourself to vomit after eating?
For years, women have suffered in silence from pelvic pain, often not even discussing the problem with their physician. Others visit numerous health care practitioners desperately seeking answers about the source of their pain. The pain they experience can affect their ability to work and perform daily living activities. It can also affect relationships with spouses or significant others. Many women avoid sexual relations because of pain. Worse yet, many feel that no one can help them.
Chronic pelvic pain can present itself in numerous ways. Symptoms may include:
The transformation from being a pregnant woman to a mother of a newborn can be one of the most joyous periods in a women’s life. But various health issues resulting from pregnancy, labor, and delivery can create challenges for the new mother while caring for her infant. Physical limitations and pain may be great enough for a mother to feel overwhelmed with her daily routine. In addition, mothers generally place the maintenance of their own health far down on the list of priorities.
Did you make a New Year’s resolution to get fit and start working out? Do you want to get in shape for gardening or spring clean up activities? Maybe you have been noticing some knee pain and stiffness, popping around your kneecap, a giving way sensation with walking, squatting, or stair climbing? Have you noticed pain with kneeling, lifting, or carrying?
Osteoporosis affects an estimated 28 million people, 80% of which are women. Most of these women probably believe that this condition is just what happens as you get older but osteoporosis is a preventable disease! Prevention must begin early however because by the age of 20 years of age, you have acquired 90% of your total peak bone mass. The good news is that your bones are a dynamic, living substance-always in process of breaking down and rebuilding. Your best defense against osteoporosis is to help your body have the things it needs to be healthy. Being dense takes a smart woman!
“What? Treatment of my low back pain can keep me from leaking urine when exercising?” Yes! Recent evidence confirms a relationship between low back pain and urinary incontinence, and our physical therapists have found success in treatment of these problems.
Over 20 million people suffer with urinary incontinence. The majority of these are women and most of these women don’t even mention it to a health care provider for seven years. A recent study in the Annuals of Internal Medicine (May 2006) stated that a three question test could help clinicians diagnose two most common types of urinary incontinence. The questions are: 1) Have you leaked urine in the last 3 months, 2} When do you leak urine, and 3) When do you leak urine to most?