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Inequalities in Health: The Value of Sex-Related Indicators

Romualdo Benigni
Environmental Health Perspectives
Vol. 111, No. 4 (Apr., 2003), pp. 421-425
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3435250
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Abstract

My laboratory has previously shown that the sex differences in tumor incidence in Europe can be related to the female social condition and that the pattern of this relationship varies according to the different historical contexts. In this article, I have extended the study worldwide to all cancer registries, and I present the sex differences in life expectancy at birth. A close link between the health of the populations and socioeconomic and cultural factors was confirmed. The sex-related indicators had a distribution independent from the parent variables cancer incidence and life expectancy; thus, they carry complementary information and provide an additional, sensitive probe for monitoring the health of the populations.

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