This news is sad
, yet not surprising. As women, we are more concerned about our weight (56%) and eating right (36%) than we are worried about getting one of three big killers for women: cancer (23%), heart problems (20%) or diabetes (18%).
That’s what Meredith and NBC Universal discovered in their study, “What do Women Want?”
“Many women are skipping important medical examinations, annual physicals and screenings:
• Less than two-thirds (59%) of all women get an annual physical, even fewer Gen Y women (44%).
• Nearly one-third of Boomer women are not getting their annual mammograms, cholesterol checks or physicals.
• 62% of women regularly give themselves a breast self-examination, while only 14% of all women get a skin cancer screening at least once a year.
Read more at Meredith. Ironically, Women’s Check-Up Day was earlier this month.
Love yourself? Take care of yourself.
Between self-image and staying alive, this may be our biggest Procrastination Error, as women. Perhaps Hilda L. Solis, Arianna Huffington, Anna Deavere Smith and
Ann Curry can spearhead a “Love Yourself” campaign to inspire more women to get vital health check-ups. From Me2We, let’s recruit apt allies, including BlogHer, The Women’s Ad Network, WIMN, Our Bodies Our Blog, AMWA and the Downtown Women’s Club.
(Have you gotten your check-ups?)