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Prevention Emphasized as AZ Observes Women’s Health Week


Monday, May 12, 2014   

PHOENIX, Ariz. - As the state observes National Women's Health Week, Arizona women of all ages are being urged to keep current with their regular wellness exams and preventive health care. Carol Bafaloukos, lead clinician, Planned Parenthood Arizona, says early detection is the key to treating many diseases and conditions.

"There's a lot of things that we'll pick up in a well-woman exam that maybe a woman may not be aware of. We may detect a breast cancer. We may detect a problem on the cervix that could potentially progress into a cervical cancer," Bafaloukos says.

One-third of women view their OB-GYN as their main source of care, according to a recent study released by Planned Parenthood and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Bre Thomas, CEO, Arizona Family Health Partnership, says for her organization, Women's Health Week is more specifically about preventing reproductive problems.

"We're talking to women about how they can prevent either unintended pregnancies, prevent some birth defects by pre-conception care, or prevent and treat sexually-transmitted diseases," Thomas says, "methods of pre-conception care that will allow for healthy pregnancy and healthy mothers."

Being physically healthy is also important in disease prevention, according to Mara Funke, owner, Funke Yoga in Scottsdale. She says yoga is one means to good health.

"Yoga provides both the strength and balancing exercise necessary to maintain healthy bones and healthy muscles, and a certain number of the classes also provide the cardio benefits that are absolutely necessary for maintaining a healthy weight," Funke explains.

Funke is holding special evening yoga classes to mark Women's Health Week tonight, tomorrow and Saturday. Proceeds will benefit Planned Parenthood. Sign up is at www.ppaz.org.

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