Women Diagnosed With Diseases Later Than Men, Study Finds

A new study revealed women are diagnosed with diseases later than men. According to researchers of a new study conducted by the University of Copenhagen, women are diagnosed two and a half years later than men for cancer, and four years later than men for diabetes.

The health data of nearly 7 million men and women in Denmark were collected over a 21 year period and found women were diagnosed later than men in more than 700 diseases. Researchers haven’t found any reasoning behind the disparities, but say they are actively looking into it.

Associate Director for the Women’s Health Research Institute at Northwestern University Dr. Nicole Woitowich points to a history of assumptions that the health of men and women were similar. “Women and men experience diseases and disorders differently. Both sex and gender can have a significant impact on our health and well being.

The Realist Woman’s take:

This news is scary. The timing of a diagnosis is often times a matter between life and death. Like the researchers, I don’t know what factors are at play in this matter. Are women and their health issues being dismissed? We know that a girl’s pain is not taken as seriously as the pain of boys and that health-related gender bias follows girls into adulthood. But is that the reasoning behind the findings of this study? Is it environmental factors or the biology of women that is to blame for the later diagnosis? I’m going to stay on top of this story to find out.