There are a few screening tools that are essential during a woman’s lifetime to help catch medical conditions and cancers early. These are tests done in a healthy person before one develops any symptoms of an illness, and if done enough times can diagnose some cancers and conditions early on before damage has been done and when it is still possible to treat the condition.

Lifestyle interventions

Healthy diet

Advice from NICE Guidelines (UK) includes:

  • Weight reduction should be suggested if necessary, to maintain an ideal body mass index (BMI) of 18.5-24.9 kg/m2[5]. Offer a diet sheet and/or dietetic appointment. Dietary self-help (eg, dieting clubs, for which there may be local referral options) may be appropriate. Encourage physical activity alongside dietary changes.

High blood pressure (hypertension) happens when the force on the walls of blood vessels from the blood within them is more than normal. This means the heart has to work harder and the blood vessels are under more strain, making it a major risk factor for heart disease, stroke and other serious conditions.

  • About 33% of men and 25% of women aged 45-54 years have hypertension.
  • About 66% of men and 78% of women aged ≥75 years or older have hypertension.

Vitamin D is important for good health, growth and strong bones, yet lack of vitamin D is very common. Vitamin D is mostly made in the skin by exposure to sunlight. Most foods contain very little vitamin D naturally, though some are fortified (enriched) with added vitamin D. 

A mild lack of vitamin D may not cause symptoms but can cause tiredness and general aches and pains. A more severe lack can cause serious problems such as rickets (in children) and osteomalacia (in adults), described below. 

Depression Is Common

The World Health Organization currently ranks depression as one of the top three disabling conditions globally. For South Africans, the chance of suffering from a major depressive episode in one’s lifetime is more likely than developing diabetes, and women are at almost twice the risk of developing depression than men.

Winter is coming. It is now time to be immunised against the seasonal flu if you are at risk of developing serious complications from seasonal influenza (flu). If you have the flu vaccine you greatly reduce your chance of getting the seasonal flu.

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