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Lecture 8

PSYC 3480 Lecture Notes - Lecture 8: Breast Self-Examination, Lung Cancer, Mammography

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PSYC 3480
Noreen Stuckless

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Lecture 8
November 22nd, 2011
Physical and Mental Health
Sex Differences
- Women see doctor more than men; receive more therapy
- Surgical procedures performed more on women
o Things can be detected more because women visit the doctors more
o Women: plastic surgery, C-section (gender appropriate things being done)
- Women might not be sicker than men
o Respond to cues differently
Physical and mental health are not mutually exclusive
Gender and Physical Health
- Only male used to die from heart disease, not women can die from it too
- Liver cancer = male disease (because of alcohol) women die from it too
- Lung cancer = male disease women do too
General Health
- Weight
- Age
- Eating habits
- Social class
- Lifestyle
- Exercise
- Education level
- Genetics
Specific health concerns and illnesses
- Blood pressure
- Cholesterol
- Obesity/weight
- Diabetes
- Cancers
- Reproductive difficulty
Cardiac Health
- Women are equally likely to have cardiac problems
- BUT women have different symptoms (might not be recognized)
o Digestive feeling
o Pains in the left jaw, pains in the back
o Abdominal pain, nausea
o Denial of heart attack because of diff symptoms, so might not get treated quickly
- Medication: aspirin
- Women 40% less likely diagnosed as high risk
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