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HLTB03 - Chapter 12

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Health Studies
Michelle Silver

Chapter 12Womens Lives Womens HealthThe present patterns of longer life expectancy for women emerged at the end of thththe 19 century and only in developed countries before 19 century women suffered from excess mortality due to harsher lives and factors such as poor maternal careSocial and health advantages have no accrued to all women as women are not a homogenous groupIn 1996 total life expectancy was 786 years814 for females and 757 for males however the difference between sexes is narrowingIn Canada northern and isolated communities and those with low incomes have the lowest life expectanciesWomen living in poor less industrialized countries have lower life expectancies than men in those countriesThe difference in life expectancies between women in rich and poor countries in some cases are 20 years or moreRacial ethnic and class differences among women in advanced countries produce subgroup variations in life expectancyIn 1996 the life expectancy for First Nations was 766women and 689menWomen report more illness than men and there is some variation in mortality and causes of deathThe major causes of death for both men and women are cardiovascular diseases and cancers CHD to be specificMale mortality rates are higher th
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