Pass or Fail? The 2010 Women's Health Report Card

Find out how well American women scored in key areas of health and medicine

Diabetes: Fail
The percentage of women with type-2 diabetes (the type often referred to as adult onset) is up by one percent to 8.3 percent. While the good news is that it can be prevented and controlled, the bad news is that diabetes can have serious consequences: stroke, hypertension, blindness and kidney disease. Ask your doctor about how to manage the disease of prevent it altogether.

Heart Disease: Fail
While lower proportions of women are dying from heart disease, lung cancer and breast cancer, the heart disease death rate still receives a failing grade. To meet government goals, the number of deaths needs to be slashed in half, from this year’s 118.9 deaths per 100,000 women to 60.9 deaths. If you want to lower your own risk, try adopting heart healthy habits, such as getting enough sleep and eating whole grains.

Lung Cancer: Fail
The results were mixed. Deaths due to lung cancer decreased from 2007 but still hit twice the government goal for 2010.

Stroke: Fail
While the number of stroke deaths dropped -- from 52.1 to 46 per 100,000 women -- it still far outstripped the  benchmark target of 29.3 deaths per 100,000 people.

Mammograms, Dentist Visits and Screening for Colorectal Cancer: Satisfactory
Good news, for a change: 71 percent of women are getting check ups at the dentist, 76 percent of women age 40 and older get regular mammograms, and 61.8 percent of women age 50 and older get screenings for colorectal cancer, all of which meet government guidelines for 2010. Don’t let out a sigh of relief yet: These were the only three satisfactory areas among 26 screenings that were measured, including Pap smears and cholesterol screenings.

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