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

Diana Kuh, Isabel dos Santos Silva and Elizabeth Barrett-Connor

in A Life Course Approach to Women's Health

Published in print October 2002 | ISBN: 9780192632890
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191723629 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192632890.003.0016

Series: Life Course Approach to Adult Health

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

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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

Chapter.  12655 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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