What's the number one killer in women?

Henry S. Lodge, MD
Internal Medicine
Many women fear breast cancer the most, followed by ovarian cancer. But the number one killer of women, by a huge margin, is heart disease. Fear of specific illnesses is universal, based on our individual life experiences, but it’s important to plan -- and live -- your life based on what is most likely to kill you, rather than on what you’re most afraid of.

More women die of heart disease each year than of all cancers combined. Ten times as many women die of heart disease as breast cancer. In fact, cardiovascular diseases (heart disease and stroke) kill more women than the next seven causes of death combined.
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Co-written by one of the country's most prominent internists, Dr. Henry "Harry" Lodge, and his star patient, the 73-year-old Chris Crowley, Younger Next Year for Women is a book of hope, a guide to...

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