two types of HPV virus know to causeapproximately 70 per cent of cervicalcancers.
The hardest female cancer to detect isovarian cancer, which has few detectablesigns. The exact cause of ovarian canceris unknown, but genetics can play a roleand when it is found, it’s often too latefor effective treatment. Again, regularcheckups and early screening are centralto the health of women in your life.
A disease that affects more than thebody, cancer can also diminish intimacyand sex before, during and after treatment. When it does, women and mencan talk to one another and with theirhealth-care professional about how andwhen to start having sex after cancer.
Nelson says he appreciates moremen are coming to appointments withthe women in their life after treatment,and asking about sexual intimacy.
Open communication is a pillar toany healthy, and intimate, relationship.
The big C
Breast cancer is the most common typeof cancer in Canadian women; nearly
23,000 women are diagnosed each year.
On the upside, women’s tendency toseek help, guidance and support can belife-saving when it comes to screeningfor all types of cancer.
Uterine cancer affects almost 4,000
Canadian women each year. Hormonestaken during and after menopause canincrease a woman’s risk, but uterinecancer is often caught early withscreening and is quite treatable, saysDr. Gregg Nelson, and an assistantprofessor of gynecologic oncology at theTom Baker Cancer Centre in Calgary.
Health Canada says one in 150 womenwill develop cervical cancer during herlifetime. The main risk for cervicalcancer is the sexually transmittedhuman papilloma virus (HPV) thatinfects the cervix. In Alberta, an HPVvaccine protects young women against
Women have a higher risk of somemental illnesses such as eating disorders,depression and anxiety, the most commonmental illnesses among Canadianwomen, says Dr. Michael Trew, seniormedical director of Addiction and MentalHealth Strategic Clinical Network withAlberta Health Services.
“Often depression and anxietyrun together,” explains Trew. “Peoplecan be both anxious and depressed.
It’s not uncommon.” And women aremore likely than men to get depressedbecause of their biology, hormonesand life cycle.
When supporting a woman with amental illness, it’s important to remember:when men talk about a problem, theyare talking towards a solution, whereassometimes, women just need to talkabout the problem, period. As a man,try to lend your ear and be supportivewithout trying to find a solution.
Your support can include helping tofind the right health-care professional,taking over some tasks and encouragingher to do what she needs to heal. Womengenerally appreciate being cared for.