May 10-16, 2015 is National Women’s Health Week. In an effort to encourage lifestyles, the Brooklyn NAACP presents information/links pertaining to issues relevant in women's health.
As women we are afflicted with issues such as heart disease. Did you know that women of color are more likely to suffer a heart attack or stroke? Also, Brooklyn has one of the highest rates of HIV/Aids. Did you know there are various medical tests that you should take depending on your age?
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When we look at HIV/AIDS by race and ethnicity, we see that African Americans have:
- More illness. Blacks (including African Americans) account for about 13% of the US population and about half (49%) of the people who get HIV and AIDS.
- Shorter survival rates. Blacks with AIDS often don't live as long as people of other races with AIDS
- More deaths. For African Americans and other blacks, HIV/AIDS is a leading cause of death
- Heart disease is the leading cause of death for African Americans
- African Americans are 13% of the population; nearly twice that many die from heart disease each year
- Among non-Hispanic blacks age 20 and older, 46% suffer from cardiovascular disease
- We Can't Afford to Wait: How Does Breast Cancer Affect African American Women?
- Symptoms and treatment
- How to do a Breast Self-Exam in 2 minutes
- Learn How To Do A Breast Self Exam! Check For Cancer Early Before It Is Too Late
Diabetes and Hypertension
- 3.7 million (14.7%) of all African Americans aged 20 years or older have diabetes
- Blacks are 1.5 times more likely to contract diabetes than Whites
- 43% of African American women, 39% of African American men suffer from hypertension (CDC)
- African Americans have the highest rates of obesity
- 51 percent higher prevalence of obesity compared with Whites
- 53% of African American women, 36% of African American men are obese
Finally confidence in a woman
Disclaimer: Before participating in any of these activities, please consult your physician. The Brooklyn NAACP does not take any responsibility for your personal use of the information above. This is for informational purpose only. Please use at your own discretion.