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Top Women’s Health Risks

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Top Women’s Health Risks

Health Risks Every Woman Should Know

Knowing your risk of developing certain health conditions is a key component of preventing them. In light of Women's Health Week, the health experts at McDonough District Hospital are here to share some of the top health concerns women of all ages should keep on their radar.

Heart Disease

Although heart disease is often thought of as a “men’s” disease, it actually affects men and women at a similar rate, making it the leading cause of death for both groups. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only about 56% of women recognize heart disease as a top health concern.


For women in the United States between the ages of 55 and 75, about 20% will experience a stroke. The following factors leave women at an increased risk for having a stroke:

  • Age, since women tend to live longer than men.
  • Having higher blood pressure.
  • Higher rates of depression.

Certain Cancers

While everyone is at risk for developing various types of cancer regardless of their sex or gender, there are specific types of cancer that more commonly affect women. These types of cancer include:

  • Breast cancer
  • Cervical cancer
  • Endometrial cancer
  • Skin cancer
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Colorectal cancer

When it comes to the success of cancer treatment, early detection is imperative. If you have other health risks that increase your risk for developing certain types of cancer, it is essential that you stay up-to-date on your wellness exams and doctor's visits.

Primary & Specialty Care in Macomb, Illinois

At McDonough District Hospital, we have been dedicated to being a source of healing, caring, and hope since opening our doors in 1958. Our providers, nurses, and staff offer patients and their families continuity of care while remaining close to home.

To learn more about our primary and specialty care services visit our website or call (309) 833-4101 to schedule your next visit.