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Women's Health

Data are for the U.S.

Population

  • Number of female residents (all ages): 159.4 million (2012)

Source: Health, United States, 2013, table 1 [PDF - 9.8 MB]

Health status

  • Percent of women 18 years and over in fair or poor health: 13.7%

Source: Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Adults: National Health Interview Survey, 2012, Appendix III, table XIII [PDF - 1.3 MB]

Health risk factors: Physical activity and alcohol use

  • Percent of women 18 years and over who met the 2008 federal physical activity guidelines for aerobic activity through leisure-time aerobic activity: 45.7%
  • Percent of women 18 years and over who had 5 or more drinks in 1 day at least once in the past year: 14.2%

Source: Early release of selected estimates based on data from the 2012 National Health Interview Survey, data tables for figures 7.2, 8.3, 9.2

Health risk factors: Smoking

  • Percent of women 18 years and over who currently smoke cigarettes: 16.6% (2010-2012)

Source: Health, United States, 2013, table 58 [PDF - 9.8 MB]

Health risk factors: Obesity

  • Percent of women 20 years and over who are obese: 36.4% (2009-2012)

Source: Health, United States, 2013, table 69 [PDF - 9.8 MB]

Health risk factors: Hypertension

  • Percent of women 20 years and over with hypertension: 32.8% (2009-2012)

Source: Health, United States, 2013, table 65 [PDF - 9.8 MB]

Health insurance coverage

  • Percent of females under 65 years without health insurance coverage: 15.4%

Source: Early release of selected estimates based on data from the 2012 National Health Interview Survey, data tables for figure 1.2

Preventive care: Mammograms

  • Percent of women 40 years and over who had a mammogram within the past 2 years: 67.1% (2010)

Source: Health, United States, 2013, table 83 [PDF - 9.8 MB]

Preventive care: Pap smears

  • Percent of women 18 years and over who had a Pap smear within the past 3 years: 73.2% (2010)

Source: Health, United States, 2013, table 84 [PDF - 9.8 MB]

Mortality

  • Number of deaths (all ages): 1,260,480
  • Deaths per 100,000 population: 796.3

Source: Deaths: Final Data for 2011, table 1 [PDF - 1.5 MB]

Leading causes of death

  • Heart disease
  • Cancer
  • Stroke

Source: Deaths: Leading Causes for 2010, table 1 [PDF - 1.6 MB]

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