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Medical News & Perspectives
April 14, 1999

Putting a New Face on Women's Health

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JAMA. 1999;281(14):1257-1258. doi:10.1001/jama.281.14.1257

Baltimore—To some teenage girls, a meal is a stick of gum and a diet soda. One third of women receiving prescriptions for estrogen replacement therapy never fill them. One in two American women will die as the result of a heart attack or stroke, yet two in three view cancer—particularly breast cancer—as their greatest threat. Nonetheless, one in three women aged 50 to 64 did not get a mammogram in the past 2 years.

"The Changing Face of Women's Health," an exhibit launched at the Maryland Science Center here last month, explores the origins of such harmful behaviors and beliefs. It also provides a potent antidote: a tasty tonic of medical information.

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