Women's Life Expectancy Is Lower in Poorer Countries

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The life expectancy for women around the world is improving. But according to a report from the World Health Organization, or WHO, the difference between life expectancy for women in poorer countries and rich countries is growing, and could become even worse if medical treatments don’t improve.

The life expectancy for women around the world is improving.

But according to a report from the World Health Organization, or WHO, the difference between life expectancy for women in poorer countries and rich countries is growing, and could become even worse if medical treatments don’t improve.

According to the WHO report: “In women over 50, noncommunicable diseases, particularly cancers, heart disease and strokes, are the most common causes of death, regardless of the level of economic development of their country.”

The director of WHO’s department of aging and life course thinks that since rich countries are better at treating these kinds of medical problems, they should serve as a model for developing countries.

Women around the world are living longer than they were 40 years ago.

Women over 50 in wealthy countries are also dying from heart disease, stroke, and diabetes at a lower rate compared to 30 years ago.
Many low-income countries in Africa are equipped to handle AIDS and other diseases, but when it comes to treating and detecting breast cancer, they do not have the necessary resources.

Also, access to blood pressure medication and treatments for hypertension is limited in poorer countries.

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