Women's Health Risks: Perception vs Reality

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One out of two women in the United States will die from heart disease or stroke. So why do women fear breast cancer more than any other health risk?

Women also believe ovarian cancer is their biggest "cancer" threat when it is actually lung cancer that kills 70,000 women a year.

From the CDC, here are the
leading causes of death for women in 2002: Heart Disease, Stroke and Cancer.

So why the disconnect between perception and reality? Is it because we think of heart disease as a man's disease? Is it because breast cancer is the most often diagnosed cancer in women?

I have to wonder if our deaths from heart disease, stroke and lung cancer aren't high, in part, because we're so busy worrying about breast and ovarian cancer that we're ignoring the real problems.

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