Relative Cancer Risk of Homemakers,
SIMON FRASER UNIV BURNABY (BRITISH COLUMBIA)
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Morton l,2 reported significant excess cancer mortality rates among housewives compared to women employed outside the home. Subsequently, Sterling and Weinkam 3 reported that age-specific morbid ratios for all chronic conditions were significantly larger for housewives than for employed women. These findings raise the question of whether the incidence as well as prevalence of chronic diseases, and in particular cancer, is larger in general among housewives than among women employed in other occupations. Such a difference would have important consequences not only for housewives chronic disease and cancer morbidity but also for their cancer mortality insofar as morbidity is related to mortality.
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