A report done by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research says Missouri ranks as one of the 10 worst states in the country for women dying of lung cancer and heart disease. Susan Kendig, who is with the advisory committee that had the report done, says the incidents of heart disease and lung cancer mirror national trends as top killers. Kendig admits breast cancer does get more attention, but she says that’s because her colleagues who work those issues do a better job of advocacy. She does not think breast cancer overshadows the other health problems. The report also indicated Missouri women make less because they are have lower levels of education, however, it did indicate more than twice the number of women in the state are earning their degrees as compared to the nation.
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