17 Diseases That Are More Common in Women Than in Men

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Unfortunately—for reasons both known and unknown—some illnesses are just more likely to show up in women than they are in men. And though some of these diseases (like celiac disease and lupus) are autoimmune and therefore can’t be prevented, others can be protected against. Because ladies should know what they’re up against, we’ve rounded up some of the diseases that affect women more than men.

1- Breast Cancer

Though it is possible for a man to develop breast cancer, women are much more likely to within their lifetimes. In fact, according to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer in the white community is approximately 100 times less common among men than women, and in the black community, 70 times less common among men than women.

2- Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

According to the National Kidney Foundation, the female population has a higher prevalence of UTIs than men. Experts believe that because women have shorter urethras—the ducts that help excrete urine from the bladder—they are more susceptible to bacterial transmissions in the genital area.

3- Arthritis

Hands with Rheumatoid Arthritis
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Though arthritis affects more than one in four adults, the disease is more commonly seen in women than men. The Arthritis Foundation notes that generally speaking, doctor-diagnosed arthritis is seen in 26 percent of women and 18 percent of men.

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