First at Four: It's National Women's Health Week

First at Four: It's National Women's Health Week

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - It's National Women's Health Week, a time for you to check in and make sure you're doing everything you need to do to stay healthy.

Dr. Andrew Cracker, who has practiced medicine in Wilmington for 50 years, joined us on WECT News First at Four to talk about women's health issues.

He highlighted the most common killers of women, heart disease and, in terms of cancer, breast cancer, which has surpassed sarcoma as the top cancer-related killer of women.

Cracker advises women over the age of 40 to get mammograms every year. For women who have a history of breast cancer in their family, Cracker believes they should get mammograms yearly starting at the age of 30.

Cracker also expressed concerns about sexually transmitted diseases, particularly HPV, or Human Papilloma Virus, which can cause cervical cancer. 
About 80 percent of people have a strain of this virus, and there is no cure.

In terms of prevention, Cracker said there are a lot of easy things women can do to safeguard their health, like wearing sunscreen. Skin cancer is the most common cancer for both men and women.

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