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    Your heart, your bones, your brain -- what should you be doing to guard your health right now and for years to come? Find out.


    Currently, one in eight U.S. women are diagnosed with breast cancer sometime in their lives. Most cases are found after age 50. This article is an overview of breast cancer.

    Sunshine may feel good, but it can be harsh on your skin, raising your risk of skin cancer. Learn what to do about it.

    The main cause of cervical cancer is human papillomavirus (HPV), which is spread through sex. Get the facts on cervical cancer.

    Ovarian cancer is most common after menopause. Learn about it.


    An estimated 10 million people in the U.S. have osteoporosis, including 8 million women. This brief article provides a basic introduction to osteoporosis.

    Osteoporosis usually strikes after menopause. But you can take action now to avoid it with the osteoporosis prevention tips in this article.


    Each breast contains blood vessels, as well as vessels that carry a fluid called lymph. The lymph vessels lead to the lymph nodes. One group of lymph nodes is located in the armpits, above the collarbone and in the chest. Lymph nodes are also found in many other parts of the body.

    Most changes in your breasts are perfectly normal and no cause for concern. However, you may experience any of several conditions that require medical attention.

    You may have mammogram or ultrasound done to look for tiny lumps or other things that can’t be found in an exam. For breast lumps, treatment and diagnosis are often related.


    A guide to keeping your breasts healthy now and in the years to come.

    Fibrocystic breast changes -- once called fibrocystic breast disease -- is a common noncancerous breast condition. More than half of all women have fibrocystic breasts at some point.

    Breast calcifications are small calcium deposits that develop in a woman's breast tissue. They are very common and are usually benign (noncancerous).

    Find out about infections that affect the breasts and how to treat and prevent them.

    While nipple discharge can be serious, in most cases, it's either normal or due to a minor condition.


    Women experience depression about twice as often as men. But depression can often be treated. Read about it here.

    This video focuses on compulsive shopping, featuring a woman dealing with the problem.

    It's clear that estrogen is closely linked with women's emotional well-being. Depression and anxiety affect women in their estrogen-producing years more often than men or postmenopausal women.


    Thyroid disorders can range from a small, harmless goiter (enlarged gland) that needs no treatment to life-threatening cancer. 

    Feeling all revved up, even at bedtime? Or maybe your throttle's on idle with symptoms of depression, fatigue, and weight gain. In both cases, the root cause may be your thyroid.

    Autoimmune disease, surgery, and radiation treatment are possible reasons why your thyroid gland isn't making enough thyroid hormone to meet your body's needs.

    When you have hypothyroidism, you might not realize it at first. The symptoms come on slowly, and some of them, like fatigue, are similar to other conditions. You might mistake them for signs of aging or stress.

    Although they're two separate diseases, depression is sometimes a symptom of hypothyroidism, which happens when your thyroid gland doesn't make enough of the thyroid hormone.

    Hypothyroidism is easy to treat with medicine that boosts your low levels of thyroid hormone. It's not a cure, but it can keep your condition under control for the rest of your life.

    Hypoparathyroidism happens when glands in your neck -- called the parathyroid glands -- don't make enough parathyroid hormone (PTH). 

    Other Conditions

    Just about everyone gets acne sooner or later -- and not just as teens. Get basic information on acne.

    If you're a woman and you have a lot of hair growing in places where it normally does just for men, like your upper lip, chin, chest, stomach, or back, that’s a condition called hirsutism.

    Questions about hormone replacement therapy (HRT)? Get answers here.

    Learn the symptoms of lipedema, a disorder that occurs in some women, as well as causes, treatments, and other lipedema facts.

    Most women at some point have to contend with weight gain. But for women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), losing weight can become a constant struggle.

    You've coped with cramps, tampons, and padded bras, but being a woman can also mean having to cope with urinary tract infections, or UTIs.

    Anyone can get a urinary tract infection, but it is most common in women, especially if they are pregnant. In pregnant women, hormones cause changes in the urinary tract, which predispose women to infections. 

    In women, the front wall of the vagina supports the bladder. This wall can weaken or loosen with age. Significant bodily stress such as childbirth can also damage this part of the vaginal wall. If it deteriorates enough, the bladder can prolapse, meaning it is no longer supported and descends into the vagina.

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