Alzheimer's Risk Higher than that of Breast Cancer

Published 03/19 2014 03:42PM

Updated 03/19 2014 05:40PM

New figures from the Alzheimer's Association show a woman's risk for getting Alzheimer's disease is 1 in 6 compared to 1 in 11 for men.
According to Dr. Maria Carrillo from the Alzheimer's Association, "women in their 60s are twice as likely over the course of their life to develop  Alzheimer's disease as they are breast cancer.

She says more research is needed to figure out why women are disproportionately affected, but age is the greatest risk factor and women living longer is the primary reason right now for attribution of that difference.

The new report shows women are also more likely to be caregivers of people with Alzheimer's disease.  Of the 15 million caregivers in the United State,  two-thirds are women.

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