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A Life Course Approach to Women's Health$
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Diana Kuh and Rebecca Hardy

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780192632890

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192632890.001.0001

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Disease trends in women living in established market economies: evidence of cohort effects during the epidemiological transition

Disease trends in women living in established market economies: evidence of cohort effects during the epidemiological transition

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(p.347) Chapter 16 Disease trends in women living in established market economies: evidence of cohort effects during the epidemiological transition
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A Life Course Approach to Women's Health
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Diana Kuh

Isabel dos Santos Silva

Elizabeth Barrett-Connor

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192632890.003.0016

This chapter examines trends in all-cause mortality and in coronary heart disease (CHD), stroke, breast cancer, and lung cancer. These diseases show very different patterns over time and place but all had a significant impact on women's health in the 20th century. The first three are the classic “life course diseases” affected by factors operating at every stage of life and which may have interactive effects on individual disease risk. Trends in lung cancer are also considered given the importance of this disease for cohorts of women born in the 20th century.

Keywords:   mortality, coronary heart disease, stroke, breast cancer, temporal trends, cohort effects

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