Worldwide, life expectancy for women is about four years longer than for men, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). But cardiovascular diseases, until recentlyconsidered more specific to men, have become the first cause of death in women in the world. In this article you will find about the most common diseases in women.

Breast and Cervical Cancer

Breast cancer, although not the first cause of death among women, is among the most common female diseases. Age over 50 years, no children, early onset of menstruation (under 12), late menopause (after 55 years), obesity, and alcohol use are major risk factors for breast cancer.

It is responsible for the highest number of deaths from cancer in women aged between 20 and 59 years.

Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer in women worldwide, most cases are linked to genital infection with human papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted infection. Almost 90% of cases are recorded in countries with low living standards.


Women are more vulnerable to depression and anxiety than men. WHO experts say that depression affects twice as many women than men. About one in five women suffer from depression during their lifetime. It is not clear why, but it's possible that behind these statistics there are biological reasons. For example, many women suffer hormonal fluctuations during menstruation, childbirth or menopause, it can affect mood.


Osteoporosis is twice as common among women than men. One in three female after 55 years with the disease. Osteoporosis is characterized by bone loss, a phenomenon associated with high risk of fracture. In women, bone loss begins before menopause and after menopause is increasing.

Cardiovascular disease

Cardiovascular disease causes 46% of deaths in women in the world, while cancer is about 14% - primarily cancer of the lung, breast, colon and stomach. Ischemic heart disease, stroke and hypertension are the most common causes of illness in women. A lot of these issues arising and the risk factors to which women are exposed throughout life, such as smoking, sedentary lifestyle and unbalanced diet.

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