We’ve been hearing for years that women’s doctors are more effective at diagnosing and treating diseases than men’s doctors.
Now a new study shows that women doctors are better at treating and preventing conditions like cervical cancer and diabetes.
The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, looked at 5,500 primary care physician diagnoses of cervical cancer, and found that women had an average of three fewer cancer diagnoses in the first year than men.
Women also had an overall 10 percent lower risk of dying from cancer compared to men.
“We can say that women are more likely to have a better outcome,” said Dr. Mariam Shabibi, lead author of the study.
She said the difference was likely due to better care.
“When we take into account the many different factors that can affect a woman’s risk for cancer, it is clear that women have a greater advantage than men in terms of treating cervical cancer,” Shabibi told Healthline.
Shababi and her colleagues found that doctors were better at diagnostics, especially when it came to screening for cervical cancer.
The more accurate a cervical cancer test, the lower the risk of developing it.
Doctors also tended to be more accurate about the treatment for a cervical problem.
The researchers found that cervical cancer screening rates were more than 10 times higher in women doctors than men, with the exception of men.
Men were more likely than women to report they had had cervical cancer in the previous year, but were less likely to report having a high risk of cervical disease.
Men and women were equally likely to experience pelvic inflammatory disease, but men had a higher prevalence of symptoms like bloating and pain.
Women who were diagnosed with cervical cancer had a much higher mortality rate, at a rate of 23.3 deaths per 100,000 women than men who had the disease.
Women are also at increased risk of contracting HIV, as the researchers said.
Shabadibi said the study’s findings should be taken with a grain of salt.
She and her team found that most cervical cancer patients had symptoms of the disease, which means that they likely contracted the disease from someone in their family, or friends, or a partner who was infected with it.
“In our study, we found that there is no evidence that women with cervical disease are more vulnerable to HIV infection or that cervical disease is more prevalent in women who have it,” Shabadibi said.
The new study was conducted by Dr. Karen W. Goh, assistant professor of preventive medicine and epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
The findings are based on the first ever national database of cervical cancers.
They also represent an important step toward identifying women with rare conditions like CIN1A1, a genetic variant that causes the condition.
Goll said the results will help improve the quality of care for women with these diseases.
“Cancer is a disease that has a large number of genetic variations that affect how it affects the body,” Goll told HealthLine.
“Understanding the genetic differences that are associated with cervical cancers could help doctors diagnose patients earlier, when cervical cancer is more advanced, and help doctors to better predict when and how to treat women with this disease.”
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