We have heard a lot about health this year. Wash your hands, wear a mask, do not touch your face, stay indoors. We hope that you and your family have not been directly affected by the coronavirus – but it is safe to say that everyone has been affected indirectly in some way. Whether you are scrambling to work from home while keeping kids focused on their schoolwork or feel like you just cannot take another day inside by yourself, we have all felt the impact of the coronavirus. This month, we want to talk women’s health. But not coronavirus safety – we are talking breast health, nutrition, and your mental health.
Breast cancer awareness is pushed every October, and for good reason. In the United States, 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. Thanks to increased testing and early detections, the survival rate of breast cancer is increasing. In fact, there are over 3.5 million breast cancer survivors in the US today! The American Cancer Society recommends that women ages 45-54 should get a mammogram every year. A mammogram is an x-ray of the breast which helps with early detection of cancer. For more information, resources, and a list of mammography facilities in Wyoming, we encourage you to visit wyomingbreastcancer.org.
We all know that eating right is important but putting that into practice is often easier said than done. However, we are here to remind you that it is time to prioritize your nutrition. What you eat directly affects how you feel each day, as well as can impact your health long-term. Every woman is different; you should speak to your doctor about nutritional goals or what specific nutrients your body needs. It is good to start with eating a variety of foods from different food groups, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats, and protein. Limit your intake of added sugars, saturated fats, and other processed foods. Ask your doctor if you have questions about what you should be eating.
We have all been dealing with a lot of stress this year, and it is normal to feel overwhelmed and worried. If you have felt your mental health declining over the last several months, you are not alone. Identify things that help you to feel better. This could include getting a good night’s sleep, taking a relaxing bubble bath, going for a run, or having a long talk with a friend. Make an effort to include these things in your routines – they are important!
If you struggle with other mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, or bi-polar disorder, be sure to seek out the help that you need. Talk to a trusted friend, a counselor, or your doctor about what you are feeling.
At Cheyenne OBGYN, we are the providers who care. We have been Cheyenne’s preferred provider for women’s healthcare for over 40 years. The women of southeastern Wyoming, as well as surrounding areas, trust us for compassionate and individualized OBGYN care. Put your health first today.
If interested in scheduling an appointment with one of our physicians, please call 307-634-5216.