World Menopause Day
CLEVELAND (October 14, 2004) - The North American
Menopause Society (NAMS), in conjunction with the International Menopause Society,
recognizes October 18 as World Menopause Day. This day is designated as the
day when all clinicians and health educators worldwide
should take active steps to educate women about menopause.
Menopause represents the end of a woman's fertility and, on average, occurs at age 51. Although menopause is a natural event, there are potential short-term health effects (eg, hot flashes)and health consequences over the long term (eg, the bone-thinning disease osteoporosis).
For more information on menopause, click here.
By the year 2025, the World Health Organization
estimates that 1.1 billion women will be age 50 or over, and an unprecedented
number of these women can expect to live for several decades after menopause.
Thus, the need for accurate information about menopause is a major public health
issue. "World Menopause Day is really about educating all women at menopause
and beyond about their health," said NAMS Executive Director Wulf H. Utian,
MD, PhD. "It's about acknowledging that millions of women around the world are
reaching this vital stage of life every day, yet many still don't understand
menopause or its effects on overall health. Healthcare providers and the media
are urged to emphasize the importance of accurate information so women can make
informed health decisions."
DrDonnica.com is fully supportive of the World
Menopause Day initiative. "We provide menopause information everyday," says
Dr. Donnica Moore, President of DrDonnica.com. NAMS, a nonprofit scientific
organization, is the premier resource on menopause issues for women and their
healthcare providers. The Society's official journal, Menopause, is the
leading forum for peer-reviewed research. In addition, many highly regarded
professional and consumer educational materials are available, including the
Society's web site,
where all materials can be previewed and purchased. NAMS is North America's
leading nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting women's health during
mid-life and beyond through an understanding of menopause. The Society's has
a unique multidisciplinary membership of more than 2,000 includes experts from
medicine, nursing, sociology, psychology, anthropology, pharmacy, epidemiology,
nutrition, education, and basic science.
Created: 10/18/2004  - Donnica Moore, M.D.