Did You Know? 10 Fun Facts about Women

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  1. The word “woman” is believed to have been derived from the Middle English term “wyfman.” If you break that down, it is simply the “wife of man.” Wow.
  2. Did you know that women only own 1% of the world’s land?
  3. The two highest IQ’s ever recorded, according to standard tests, both belong to women. Girl Power at its finest.
  4. The English word “girl” was initially used to describe a young person of either sex.  It was not until the beginning of the sixteenth century that the term was used to specifically describe a female child.
  5. If you are a women in Saudi Arabia, you can get a divorce from your husband if he does not bring you coffee.
  6. In most countries worldwide, the life expectancy for women is higher than men.
  7. The very first Mother’s Day was held on May 10, 1908. It was organized by Anna Jarvis of West Virginia and Philadelphia. As the even gained popularity, Congress designated the second Sunday in May as a national day of recognition for mothers in 1914.
  8. Victoria Woodhull was the first woman to run for U.S. president.  She campaigned for the office in 1872 under the National Woman’s Suffrage Association.  While women would not be granted the right to vote by a constitutional amendment for nearly 50 years, there were no laws prohibiting a woman from running for the chief executive position.
  9. 91% of elementary teachers are women.
  10.  Women blink twice as many times as men do.

Many Factors Can Contribute to an Increased Risk of Breast Cancer

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To have these risk factors present does not mean you are automatically going to get breast cancer and the absence of these factors does not assure you will not get it either. The perfect example is family history. If your family has a history of breast cancer, you are put at higher risk but, 80%-90% of women who get the breast cancer diagnosis have no known family history of it.

Aging is one of the most important although there is a rise in younger women being diagnosed. At age 20, a woman’s risk is 1 in 1,985. Women at age 70, the risk rises to 1 in 24. If a women lives to 85 years old, her risk increases to 1 in 8. In a woman’s lifetime, their risk of getting breast cancer is 8%, or 1 in 12.

Of course there are other factors that can increase your risk. If a woman has her first period before age 12, is in menopause after 55, or has excess weight after menopause, their risk increases.

Even your history of childbirth is a factor. If a woman has her first child after 30, has no children, or is taking birth control pills for five years or longer, their risk of breast cancer increases.

Drinking more than one alcoholic drink per day, current use of estrogen and progesterone hormone replacement therapy, high breast density, exposure to large amounts of radiation, a previous biopsy showing an excessive growth of tissue, treatment for Hodgkin’s disease at a young age, and a history of breast or ovarian cancer are all risk factors.

It is important to do all that you can to live a healthy lifestyle. Learn about prevention.

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The Vitamin D Promise

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One in two men and one in three women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. The single most common diagnosis among woman is breast cancer. There is some great news! You can prevent almost 80 percent of all breast cancers! Prevention is key. Vitamin D is the promise!
Vitamin D is something that we all need but, nearly all lack adequate amounts of it. Science shows that Vitamin D hinders inappropriate cell division and metastasis, decreases blood vessel formation around tumors, and regulates proteins that influence tumor growth. And, BONUS, Vitamin D enhances our immune system’s ability to fight cancer!
How about treating cancer? It has been documented that Vitamin D has great cancer fighting potential. Along with all of these benefits, evidence shows that a higher intake of Vitamin D may be helpful in prevention and treatment of high blood pressure, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and other diseases.
“Vitamin D Delivers.”