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Florida Women See Positive Advances In Health Care

Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.
Bill Branson
The Florida Channel
Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

Florida women are seeing positive advances in health care, including declining mortality rates for heart disease, breast cancer, and AIDS. However, suicide attempts are increasing. 

Published Tuesday, The Status of Women in Florida by County: Health & Well-Being analyzes data on women’s physical and mental health.

The data reveals disparities in women’s morality rates by race and ethnicity. For example, white women in Florida have the highest rate of lung cancer mortality, while black women are more likely to be diagnosed with diabetes. Julie Anderson, Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, delivered statistics on the disparities between different counties in diseases.

“Lung Cancer is the most lethal form of cancer among women in Florida. Women in Miami-Dade have the lowest rate of mortality from lung cancer; that’s at 19 per 100,000. While women in Wakulla County have the highest mortality rate at 68 per 100,000.”

Along with releasing data on Florida women’s health, The Status of Women in Florida by County published policy recommendations. Increased investment in health care would allow more women the opportunity to receive preemptive testing and treatment for diseases.

Kaleigh Wright is a senior at Florida State University pursuing Studio Art, Film Studies, and English. Before her debut at WFSU, Kaleigh worked at Capitol News Service as a Production Assistant and Florida State University as Senior Photographer. Her ultimate goal post-college is to pursue a career in documentary film-making. When she is not behind the camera or in front of the microphone, you can find Kaleigh watching anything by Wes Anderson and drinking copious amounts of mocha frappuchinos.