Viewing posts tagged healthtopicsAndrea Price Many forms of cancer are now curable yet women of color still suffer disproportionately from diseases and conditions that have long since been deemed preventable, treatable and/or curable if diagnosed early by simple, widely available screening tests? In general these treatable conditions in African American women are diagnosed at a latter stage. By the time one has finally gone to a physician and been diagnosed, the condition has often progressed well beyond the point where it is easily treatable. David Pryor, MD December 1 is World AIDS Day, a global initiative to encourage countries and communities to take a stand against HIV/AIDS. We here at BlackWomensHealth feel very strongly about recognizing the fight against HIV/AIDS—not only on World AIDS Day, but all through December and every day of the year. Roniece Weaver, MS, RD, LD But what is blood pressure? Its something everyone has and it’s something that we can’t do without. As blood is pumped through your body's arteries, it creates force against the inside walls of your blood vessels. The amount of blood the heart pumps and the resistance of the arteries determines your blood pressure. A "silent killer," ………..High blood pressure usually has no symptoms, but yet it can lead to serious and even life-threatening problems if left untreated. The good news is that there are ways to manage hypertension. David Pryor, MD The health of African-Americans has improved over the last forty years. Many factors have helped improve our health such as regular medical care, exercise, a healthy diet, and timely screening tests. We need to be aware of these preventative health practices to make sure we are properly screened in order to ensure a healthier future for ourselves and our families. Consult with your doctor or health provider who can help you tailor these summary recommendations to your specific health situation. David Pryor, MD In a 2011 survey conducted by BlackWomensHealth.com, survey responders indicated that one of the main reasons that they are reluctant to complete mammograms is that they are “scared” of finding out the results. The idea is that “no news is good news” and that the more testing and screening that is done will only lead to the doctor finding out “bad” things about my health.