Today is International Women’s Day, a day that has been observed around the world and focuses on celebrating women’s economic, political and social achievements, as well as raising important issues that affect women around the world. The 2013 theme is “”A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women.”
Past International Women’s Days have focused on health issues that affect women, from maternal health to osteoporosis. At Canada Drugs, Canadian Pharmacy, we work hard to serve our women customers and help them have access to more affordable medication so they can keep and stay healthier.
Older women in the United States face higher drug costs on many medications that treat diseases that primarily affect women, and because of other issues around gender inequality they also have lower incomes to afford their medication. One of the highest demographic in the U.S that live below the poverty line are female American seniors.
Women over 50 also have particular health risks that hit their age and gender at a greater percentage than other demographics. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality the top 10 Health Risks for Female Seniors are:
10.) Osteoporosis (Bone Thinning)
8.) High Cholesterol
7.) High Blood Pressure
4.) Cervical Cancer
3.) Colorectal Cancer
2.) Breast Cancer
1.) Heart Disease