Women Misunderstand Health Risks

Posted by Samantha Powell on July 31st, 2013 |

Date: 7/31/2013

Outlet Full Name: News Fix

Author Name: Geoff Michaels

Women overestimate their risk of breast cancer and underestimate their risk for even deadlier diseases such as heart disease, colon cancer, and lung cancer, a study suggests.

Researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine in Stanford, Calif. studied 200 women ages 41 to 95, the majority of whom were white and well-educated. They were asked about which health risks men and women face. While women identified heart disease as one of the top killers of men, many failed to recognize it also is a top killer among women.

“Accurate knowledge and perceived risk of coronary heart disease might impact whether women undergo regular cholesterol and blood pressure screening and whether women engage in health behaviors such as increasing leisure-time physical activity, improving diet, and engaging in regular stress management techniques,” researchers say.

Also researchers claim the women also were unaware of their risks of colon cancer and lung cancer. Currently, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths among women ages 55 to 74. Breast cancer is not the leading cause of cancer death in women older than 54.

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