Illnesses Common in Women

May 24, 2022

Women comparatively experience more complicated and serious illnesses compared to men, given their complex body organs and unique reproductive system. There are some conditions and diseases that are more prevalent in women than in men. AFC Urgent Care Boulder had all of our patient’s best interests in mind.

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Breast Cancer

Like other kinds of cancers, breast cancer also involves the rapid growth of cells. Here, the difference is that it affects cells in the breasts. The most common way to detect breast cancer is to look for lumps in the breasts. While these may not hurt, they can also be very painful at times. While breast cancer originates in the breasts, it can travel to other organs of a woman’s body as well.


Pregnancy Issues

If a woman suffers from pre-existing health issues such as hypertension, diabetes, and asthma, these issues can worsen during pregnancy. Hormonal changes in a woman’s body enhance the ongoing imbalance of blood pressure, sugar levels, and respiratory issues when pregnant. This causes a great threat to a woman’s life as well as their child’s.


Heart Disease

According to a study conducted in 2017, heart disease is the main cause of women’s deaths in the United States. Cancer and Heart disease are two illnesses responsible for women’s deaths. Heart diseases have many symptoms, such as angina pain, abdomen pain, and severe neck, jaw, and back pain. Factors like smoking, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure can further contribute to this illness, worsening a woman’s health status.


Cervical Cancer

The abnormal growth of cells along the lining of the cervix causes cervical cancer. Precancerous changes rarely cause symptoms, so they are hard to detect. However, once the growth develops into cancer, the most common symptoms are:

  • Vaginal bleeding between periods
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Bleeding after intercourse
  • Pelvic pain
  • Vaginal bleeding after menopause


Ovarian Cancer

Ovarian cancer is a kind of cancer that begins in the ovaries. When the cells in the ovaries start growing at an abnormally rapid rate, it can lead to a tumor. If not treated at the right time, this tumor can reach other parts of a woman’s body and negatively affect them. Symptoms of an Ovarian cancer include:

  • Bloating
  • Loss of appetite
  • Upset stomach
  • Fatigue
  • Lower abdominal pain
  • Frequent and urgent need to pass urine



The thyroid gland, which is located near the neck, produces hormones and is responsible for functions like heart rate and body temperature. Having high levels of thyroid hormone can cause obesity, joint pain, heart disease, and infertility in a woman. It can highly affect a woman’s menstrual cycle as well, causing irregular periods and delayed or early periods. 

All of the above-mentioned illnesses require early treatment and intervention to avoid long-term implications.


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