Did You Know? Ten Facts About Women's Health

Ten alarming facts about women's health. Facts like these demonstrate why women's health research is imperative and an integral part of women's health care.

1. In some cases, Angiograms are unable to detect early signs of female heart failure because testing techniques were designed for male subjects.

2. Younger women are almost twice as likely to die from heart disease as their male counterparts. Mortality rates for heart diseases are improving for every demographic group, except young women.

3. Each year in Canada heart disease kills more women than men. It is the leading cause of death for women over 55, and the second most common cause of death for women under 55.

4. Until the 1990s, women were not included in most medical research studies.

5. Women are more likely to report severe and long-lasting pain, but are typically not treated as aggressively as men.

6. Women metabolize drugs differently than men.

7. 270,000 women worldwide die from cervical cancer annually. Without immediate action, by 2030 the number is projected to rise to 500,000. Sadly, cervical cancer is almost entirely preventable.

8. Younger women are more likely than men to dismiss health symptoms as “false alarms” not requiring medical attention.

9. Endometriosis is a disease in which tissue from the uterine lining grows outside the uterus. Currently there is no cure.

10. Endometriosis affects approximately 176 million women worldwide during their reproductive years (1 in every 10 women).


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