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SINCE symptoms aren’t always noticeable until later in the disease’s progress and routine screening for women with no symptoms or risk factors has been unreliable, ovarian cancer — which is among the five leading causes of death in women — is difficult to detect in its early stages, says the April 2013 issue of the Johns Hopkins’ Medicine HealthAfter 50.

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WHILE the incidence of stroke and deaths from stroke have been on the decline in the last decade because of better prevention and treatment efforts, experts predict a worldwide stroke epidemic in the next 20-25 years, due largely to a growing aging population, says the December 2012 issue of the Cleveland Clinic Men’s Health Advisor.

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STATISTICS from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that nearly 6 million Americans over age 65 require the help of a regular caregiver — either from a  family member or neighbor, such as helping with shopping and household chores, on an informal basis, or from a paid caregiver, an alternative more formal option, for those seniors who suffer from medical issues affecting their ability to care for themselves and who need more help with activities of daily living, says the November 2012 issue of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine’s Focus On Healthy Aging.

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THE flu can be one of the deadliest infectious diseases for seniors — Americans age 65 and older are at high risk of developing severe complications from flu, and approximately 90 percent of influenza-related deaths and more than 60 percent of influenza hospitalizations in the U.S. each year occur in older individuals, says the October 2012 issue of the UCLA Division of Geriatrics Healthy Years.

 

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AN epidemic of mouth and throat (oropharyngeal) cancer caused by infection with the human papillomavirus (HPV) is under way in the United States, which could become more common than cervical cancer by 2020, says the July 2012 issue of the Harvard Medical School’s Harvard Men’s Health Watch.

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