Breast cancer is one of the most common types of cancers in women, with approximately 180,000 new cases developed each year in the United States. The disease can also occur in men, although they account for less than one in 100 breast cancer cases. Up to one in 10 cases of breast cancer is linked to an abnormal gene, and several of these genes have now been identified.
Menopause is the point in a woman's life when menstruation stops permanently. It is a normal consequence of the aging process. Often called the "change of life," menopause is the last stage of a gradual biological process in which the ovaries reduce their production of female sex hormones — a process which begins about three to five years before the final menstrual period.
Osteoporosis, also called the "silent disease," is a common bone disease in which bones become thinner and more porous. Osteoporosis affects both men and women and occurs when the body fails to form new bone.
Pregnancy & Folic Acid
Folic Acid can decrease the risk for birth defects of the brain or spine. The U.S. Public Health Service recommends that all women who could possibly become pregnant get 400 micrograms (or 0.4 mg) of folic acid every day.
For many women, an easy way to ensure the proper levels of folic acid are maintained is to take a vitamin that contains folic acid or a folic acid supplement. Speak with your gynecologist about options for you.
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