National Wear Red Day
Tomorrow, February 2nd is National Wear Red Day, a day when Americans nationwide will wear red to show their support for women's heart disease awareness. You can learn more about about women's heart health here.
Women's heart disease certainly needs more awareness, since most women and even their doctors seem to think that heart disease is for men only or for women past menopause. But it is simply not true--9000 women under 45 have heart attacks every year and many others have heart related problems and 13% of women 45 and over have had a heart attack.
And lest you think that I am focusing too much on women's health, I was reading the other day that there is good news for men--even without the pink ribbons and red dressses, their cancer rates are going down:
The biggest drop occurred in colorectal cancer, with 1,110 fewer men and 1,094 fewer women dying from the disease. The decline was attributed to broader screening efforts and improved treatment.
Similarly, 666 fewer women died of breast cancer and 552 fewer men died of prostate cancer in 2004, probably the result of increased detection and better treatment.
Hey, at least Katie Couric was good for something.