In the UK 3,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer every year and it's a sad fact that almost 1,000 women will die of the disease each year.  After breast cancer it's the most common cancer in women under 35.  This is information that we all need to be aware of because cervical cancer is real and it affects us.

Did you know that the shape of your body can play a part in your risk of heart disease?

Being apple-shaped, i.e. having excess weight around your tummy area, increases your risk of heart disease.  Many women in the 40-60 age range are apple-shaped rather than pear-shaped (excess weight around the hips and buttocks) and 'apples' are more at risk of heart disease than 'pears'.

Hughes Syndrome is a condition which mainly affects people (women more than men) in the 20-50 year old age range.  In the Uk alone, it's estmated that Hughes syndrome affects 1 in 200 people.

Known medically as the antiphospholipid syndrome and more colloquially as 'sticky blood', Hughes syndrome is an auto-immune disease which affects the blood and its ability to clot. An overactive immune system produces antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL) which cause the blood to clot too quickly both in veins and arteries.

International Tampon Alert Day takes place in June each year but it's a subject that, as women, we should be aware of all year round. 

At first glance this may seem a strange subject to devote an awareness day to but it's so important that women know of the possible dangers of tampon use.

It's particularly important for younger, teenage girls who perhaps have not yet heard about Toxic Shock Syndrome.