Women diagnosed with diseases later than men, study says

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(Tauren Dyson/ UPI) — Women receive later diagnoses than men for most conditions and diseases, a study found.

For example, women receive cancer diagnoses 2.5 years later than men, according to new findings published in Nature Communications. With metabolic diseases like diabetes, women were diagnosed about 4.5 years later than men.

“When we look across all diseases, we see a tendency that women on average are diagnosed later than men,” study author Søren Brunak, a researcher at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research, said in a news release.

“We have looked not just at diseases, but also at the course of the patient care. Our study zooms in on the areas where the differences are most pronounced — both for the individual diseases and for the course of the patient care. The message is that the national strategies that are established need to take a difference into account. We can no longer use the ‘one size fits all’ model. We are already heading in that direction with respect to personalized medicine.” (…)

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