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Women's physical health and well-being
  • Published Date:
    Jul 1987
  • Source:
    Public Health Rep. 102(4 Suppl):9-11
  • Language:
    English
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  • Pubmed ID:
    19313208
  • Pubmed Central ID:
    PMCnull
  • Description:
    A relatively small number of physical disorders are unique to women, are more prevalent or serious in women, or require special prevention or intervention strategies in women. Among the earliest of these to appear developmentally are precocious puberty, for which an effective treatment has recently been developed, and anorexia and bulimia, which are increasing in frequency among young women without effective treatment. Arthritis, diabetes, lupus erythematosus, gallstones, and osteoporosis are other diseases in this category.Reproductive health concerns are a major focus of women's health. The hundred-fold reduction in maternal mortality related to pregnancy is one of the major public health achievements of this century. Despite effective contraceptives, over half the pregnancies in this country are unintended; thus, solving the related problems of infertility and unintended fertility are research priorities. Improving pregnancy outcome, particularly reducing the rate of prematurity, also needs increased attention.Cancer is the leading cause of death in middle-aged women. Lung cancer has replaced breast cancer as the primary cause of cancer death among women due to the increase of cigarette smoking among women. Smoking contributes to numerous other causes of death and disability among women. Of all things women could do to improve their health, the most important would be to avoid smoking.

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