5 health conditions women need to know about

Get to know these health conditions that only affect, or are much more likely to occur in, women


HPV and cervical cancer

Cervical cancer has been linked to a virus that is transmitted through sexual intercourse. The human papilloma virus (HPV) is thought to target a number of genes within cells including a tumour suppressor gene called p53. Loss of p53 can lead to a cell becoming cancerous.


The earlier cervical cancer is treated, the better the chance of survival. In the first stage of cervical cancer, in which the disease is confined to the cervix itself, 80 percent of women live more than five years. Once cancer has spread to distant parts of the body, such as the lungs, only 5 percent of women live more than five years.

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This dish is elegant enough to serve at a dinner party, yet easy enough for everyday cooking. Lean veal is cooked with Marsala wine, and mushrooms are added for flavour but no additional fat. Serve veal Marsala on a bed of orzo or other small pasta.