Do Women Know Enough About Their Health?
GAINESVILLE -- Ranging from heart disease to mental health no matter what race, ethnicity, or age there's something every womAn should worry about.
In north central florida the leading killers for women are heart disease and cancer.
Heart disease is usually associated with men but is more prevalent in women than most people think.
(Dr. Matheen Khuddus, Cardiologist) " its estimated that one in three woman will die of heart disease, that more woman will die from all types of cancer combined."
Heart disease doesn't show symptoms in women like it does in men.
Signs can be shortness of breath without doing any physical activity at all.
Which means it can be a silent killer.
Just like any disease, cancer is one of the deadliest and can affect anyone, anywhere.
Just knowing you're not alone can help.
(Dr. Cherylle A. Hayes, Oncologist) " as a woman, and a physician, and person who treats cancer patients, all of us need to join forces because all of our problems are similar."
Linda ballard is a woman beating the odds.
Not once but twice.
(Linda Ballard, Cancer Survivor and Heart Disease Patient) " well my health journey began in 1983 thats when i was diagnosed breast cancer."
For years she underwent chemo and radiation. with the cancer coming back multiple times with the odds against her.
(Linda Ballard, Cancer Survivor and Heart Disease Patient) "when i was diagnosed well re-diagnosed i was only given a 15% chance of survival, and thats not a lot."
Eventually she was cancer free. but that wasnt the end of her journey.
(Linda Ballard, Cancer Survivor and Heart Disease Patient) " part of the side effects of the chemo drug and radiation was that it could have damage to your heart."
She didnt think too much of this..but five years ago her so-called normal life changed when she learned she has a heart condition.
She is now on medication and workout twice a week at north florida to stabilize her heart.
She says she feels better than ever right now, and has a message for woman who might be scared to look into their health.
(Linda Ballard, Cancer Survivor and Heart Disease Patient) "you can deal with the known but you cannot deal with the unknown."
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