Find out about the main health issues facing women in our area, including information about screening.
Some of the main issues facing women in Bradford District and Craven include:
We run a series of live videos on women's health hosted by our expert clinical team. These cover a wide range of topics, including those mentioned above. You can watch these videos back on our YouTube channel here or see the latest videos below.
Obesity is the single biggest challenge to women’s health today. It is a particular issue in the Bradford area with income, ethnicity and social deprivation known to have an impact on your weight. 57.2% of women are now classed as overweight or obese, 23.8% of these are classed as obese.
Compared to a healthy weight woman, if you are obese you are:
Obesity can also reduce your chances of becoming pregnant and have an impact on the outcomes of any pregnancy and the health of any future children you may have.
Most women are aware that maintaining a healthy weight is important for their health and wellbeing. The best way to reduce your weight is to eat healthily and exercise regularly. You can find more information about weight management and staying healthy on our managing your own health pages.
There are two main types of screening offered to women - breast screening and cervical screening. You can read more about what to expect from breast screening here and cervical screening here.
It's so important to attend your screening tests when you are asked, they can pick up any signs of cancer early. The earlier issues are detected, they sooner they can be treated and therefore your chance of survival is also drastically improved.
Women who are diagnosed with breast cancer at the earliest possible stage have a 90% chance of surviving for at least 5 years after diagnosis. Cervical screening saves around 4,500 lives each year in the UK.
Your GP practice offers contraception and sexual health services and advice. But you don’t always have to go to your GP; pharmacies, specialised sexual health clinics and young people’s services can all offer advice and support.
Locala offers a free and confidential contraception and sexual health service in a number of easy to access clinics across Bradford and Kirklees. A list of contraception and sexual health clinics in Bradford, visit the Locala website or call Locala on 030 3330 9500. You can also visit the Bradford and Airedale Sexual Health website for more information.
For further information about contraceptive choices, visit the Family Planning Association website.