Women play an essential role in society. Studies have shown that women make better leaders, bring about higher returns to economies, and improve the lives of people in communities.
Women’s position in society means it is important to prioritize and understand their health. They face a variety of health issues, with cardiovascular disease as the leading cause of death for women around the world. According to The Lancet, 35% of deaths in women worldwide are caused by cardiovascular disease.
Women are also at risk for cancer, a leading cause of death worldwide. The World Health Organization revealed that it accounted for 10 million deaths in 2020 or the equivalent of nearly one in six deaths.
Breast cancer is the most common of its kind in the Philippines and the world. It is the majority type of cancer that affects Filipino women at 31%. Additionally, it is the third most fatal type of cancer in the Philippines, just behind lung and liver cancer. Global figures are just as alarming: the disease is the most common cause of cancer death in women.
Lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer
“The risk of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) like cardiovascular issues and cancer can be prevented. While some factors cannot be avoided, such as family history or age, taking care of one’s health through preventive measures can lower the risk of heart issues and cancer. As always, it is important to consult a health professional when making lifestyle changes,” says Dr. Gia Sison, Head of Wellness Center at Makati Medical Center, a mental health advocate, and a breast cancer survivor.
A key way to prevent NCDs is to maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight can lead to conditions like high blood pressure and cholesterol, and type 2 diabetes. A diet filled with fruit, vegetables, nuts, whole grains, and legumes such as lentils and beans can fight malnutrition, cardiovascular disease, and breast cancer.
It’s important to pair a healthy diet with regular exercise. Aside from helping maintain a healthy weight, at least 30 to 60 minutes of physical activity can lower the risk of heart disease and cancer.
Women are also advised to not indulge in vices such as smoking and drinking alcohol. Tobacco contains chemicals that damage the heart and blood vessels. Even those who do not partake can be at risk due to secondhand smoke. Meanwhile, higher consumption of alcohol increases the chances of breast cancer.
Lastly, it’s important to get regular health screenings. These can help women understand their bodies better and see if they need to take action. For example, they can screen their blood pressure and cholesterol levels, or get tested for diabetes 2. Women are encouraged to do a breast self-exam at least once a month and to consult a doctor when a lump is detected.
The Philippine Commission on Women also stated in the past, “Women’s health directly affects the health and welfare of families, communities, and even the economy. Thus, in our every stride to pursue national development, promoting women and girls’ health must be prioritized.”
“We must all take part in promoting health literacy by being proactive in learning and sharing the right health information, supporting bills and reforms that push for women’s health, and aiding different health services and programs that are comprehensive, culture-sensitive, and gender-responsive,” Atty. Kristine Rosary E. Yuzon-Chaves, PCW Executive Director reiterates.
A partner in health and wellness
Just recently, Watsons Philippines launched the “Dare To Be” campaign to encourage young women to go beyond stereotypes and stand with other women to discover the best version of themselves. The campaign is aimed at supporting BRAVEHER, BOLDHER and STRONGHER Women in a cause of gender equality that embraces women from all walks of life. This includes striving to become every woman’s partner in taking care of their health so they continue to look good, do good, and feel great.
The leading global brand in health and beauty empowers women with the best quality and widely-available health, wellness, and personal care products at an affordable price. These include vitamins and supplements, which can be taken with a doctor’s recommendation, and over-the-counter and prescription medication.
Watsons is also home to health monitors and medical implements and equipment to stay strong and able-bodied.
Women can visit Watsons’ network of over 1,000 stores in the Philippines, all offering expert care with its in-store pharmacists, specialists, and staff. They may also visit the website or download the App to order medicine, vitamins, and supplements. To get health tips tailored-fit to their health need, they can access the Watsons Health Hub to chat with licensed physicians and Watsons pharmacists for professional advice.
“We have proven time and again that women are strong individuals who can bravely face all the challenges that come their way. Watsons empowers them with the best health and wellness solutions available so they can continue to be amazing in everything they do, whether it’s at home, in the workplace, or society,” says Jared De Guzman, Watsons Customer Director.