Women's Health covers a wide
spectrum of issues. Ranging from breast and ovarian cancer to
pregnancy and menopause, from eating disorders to yeast
infections, the health concerns faced by many women are
numerous and varied.
There are many health issues
that effect both men and women. Women's health must not
ignore illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes or cancer.
Women's Health also includes
non-medical issues. Mental, physical, and emotional wellbeing
are all necessary for general wellness. The fact that nearly
one-third of American women say that they had experienced
domestic violence¹ shows that women's health needs to look
beyond physical health care.
Today's challenge for the
field of women's health is to not only insure that women have
equal access health care and health education, but also to
further critical research on relevant health issues.
There have been many advances in women's health over the past
decades, but there is still a long way to go before women
around the world have adequate care, treatment, and resources.
The involvement of all women, their families,
and loved ones is essential to a better future for women’s
Commonwealth Fund, Health Concerns Across a Woman’s
Lifespan: 1998 Survey of Women’s Health, May 1999