Women More Likely to Develop Alzheimer's Than Men
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According to a report published by the Alzheimer's Association, women are at greater risk of developing Alzheimer's disease than men. The report shows that at age 65, 1 in 6 women are likely to develop Alzheimer's compared to 1 in 11 for men. Women also tend to be the primary caregivers to persons suffering from the disease, with 2.5 times as many women providing 24-hour care compared to men. Alzheimer's disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S. The new statistics show that for women in their 60s, over the course of their life, the possibility of developing Alzheimer's is actually greater than for developing breast cancer.
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