In this edition of EmpowHER's "HER Week In Health", Bailey Mosier examines a studies that look at the real consequences of delaying pregnancy, increased use of tanning beds, and the fact that young women engage in more and more risky behavior behind the wheel.
Hi, I’m Bailey Mosier. This is your EmpowHER HER Week in Health.
A lot of women are putting off motherhood until later in life for any number of reasons – career, finances or simply not having found that right man. But in this week’s edition, we’ll learn these women need to learn the reality of their infertility. We’ll also find out why melanoma is on the rise and if young women are becoming riskier behind the wheel. Have a look.
Yale School of Medicine researchers recently found there exists an alarming misconception about fertility among women.
Many women do not fully appreciate the consequences of delaying motherhood, and expect that assisted reproductive technologies can reverse their aged ovarian function. Women are vaguely aware that fertility decreases with age, but it’s only when the experience hits home that they begin to understand the reality of their situation.
Researchers say there is an urgent need to educate women that reproductive aging is irreversible and health professionals need to do a better job making certain that young women truly understand all their options.
Researchers have found the incidence of melanoma has dramatically increased among young women in the past four decades … and they’re pointing to tanning beds as a huge reason why.
Mayo Clinic researchers found the incidence of melanoma – a potentially fatal form of skin cancer – increased eightfold among young women and fourfold among young men from 1970 through 2009. The researchers pointed to the rise in the use of indoor tanning beds as one of the main reasons behind the trend, but childhood sunburns and ultraviolet exposure in adulthood may also contribute to melanoma risk.
While we’re seeing an increase in the rates of melanoma, doctors say fewer people are dying from skin cancer because people are more aware that they need to see a doctor when they see changes in their skin. People understand that sunscreen can protect their skin outdoors, but there’s a disconnect between that and tanning bed use.
Researchers recently found young women are behaving more like young men behind the wheel – taking risks that end in fatality.
In an article published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, researchers found that between 1996 and 2007, women closed the gap on what used to be half the number of fatal car crashes than young men.
Researchers analyzed data from 7,000 young men and women and found that young women who drink and drive may be behaving more like young men who drink and drive.
The researchers concluded drunk-driving and distracted-driving prevention education is needed for both boys and girls.
That wraps up your EmpowHER HER Week in Health. Join me here at EmpowHER every Friday as we recap the latest in women’s health.