Men and women share many health concerns in common, but there are of course many differences between the sexes, through their biological composition, the traditional roles and responsibilities that society continues to perpetuate, and their statuses within the family and community. Women generally live longer than men but their quality of life and well-being tends to be poorer.
There are many health impacts that are specifically pronounced for women:
Heart disease is the biggest cause of death for British women with statistics from the British Heart Foundation showing that nearly one in six men and one in ten women die from coronary heart disease every year. (BHF Cardiovascular Disease Statistics Factsheet, 2015)
Osteoporosis is a condition that weakens bones, making them fragile and more likely to break. Women are particularly susceptible because bone loss becomes more rapid for several years following the menopause.
Breast and cervical cancer are the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women and within Wales Breast Test Wales and Cervical Screening Wales provide a screening service for women.
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