University of Kentucky Women's Health Registry
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Each newsletter contains additional statistics about women's health in Kentucky.

Advancing Women's Health newsletter:

  • Issue 6
  • Issue 5
  • Issue 4
  • Issue 3
  • Issue 2
  • Issue 1
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    Do you know these facts about women's health:

    • Heart disease is the #1 killer of American women?
    • Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer of women in the United States. Colorectal cancer and breast cancer are the second and third leading cancer killers of women
    • Women are more likely than men to die from a stroke?
    • Nearly twice as many women as men die from Alzheimer's disease each year?
    • Seventy-five percent of Americans living with autoimmune disorders
      (such as lupus, multiple sclerosis, and rheumatoid arthritis) are women?
    • Women are far more likely than men to suffer from chronic pain and chronic fatigue?

    Here are some statistics that we have learned from the Kentucky Women's Health Registry:

    Routine checkups. Of the 4,889 women who answered this question, 74 percent had a routine checkup less than 1 year ago; 16 percent had a routine checkup 1-2 years ago; and only 8 percent have not had a checkup for at least three years. Great news! We hope that each year the percentage of women who get a checkup once a year grows!

    This past year we asked some questions about barriers to care that women might have had. Of the 3,847 who answered this question, the most common problems cited were:

    • Too busy to go for healthcare - 29 percent
    • Difficulty getting an appointment - 23 percent
    • Couldn't afford the co-pay - 10 percent
    • Couldn't get time off work to get healthcare - 8 percent
    • Didn't want anyone to know they had a problem - 7 percent

    Spring is here! Last year 4,889 people answered the allergy question.

    • Environmental allergies - 33 percent.
    • Drug allergies - 33 percent
    • Animal allergies - 18 percent
    • Food allergies - 14 percent

    Registry participants are responsible for a lot of child and adult care! 36 percent of the 3,847 women who answered the question had care-giving responsibilities for either children or adults.

    And stress levels don't seem to be going down. Of the 4,889 women who answered the question, 26 percent have less stress than last year, 40 have the same amount of stress as last year, 32 percent have more stress than one year ago and 1 percent report having no stress.

    Finally, 20 percent of Registry women use aspirin therapy to prevent heart disease.

     


     
    Comments to Mary Johnson, Last Modified: Wednesday, December 09, 2009
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