Women’s health issues continue to capture the spotlight in state legislatures, as the importance of health topics have grown along with demands on state budgets. Policymakers are often forced to view women’s health issues as singular topics, such as breast cancer, osteoporosis or pregnancy.
Women’s health issues may be better explored by looking at a woman’s life across her lifespan. In early childhood, proper nutrition, physical activity and immunizations help set the foundation for a lifetime of good health. In adolescence, preventing future problems, such as osteoporosis and skin cancer, is important. Sexually transmitted diseases, tobacco use and substance abuse also become a concern during this time. As adults, health and well-being often become focused on managing chronic diseases and screening for various cancers.