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New Jersey Statutes, Title: 26, HEALTH AND VITAL STATISTICS

    Chapter 1A:

      Section: 26:1A-123: Findings, declarations relative to women's health.

           1. The Legislature finds and declares that: women tend to live seven years longer than men and are at greater risk of having chronic diseases; approximately 75\% of residents in New Jersey's long-term care facilities are women; approximately 19\%, or 500,000 women 19 through 64 years of age in the State have no health insurance; women of color experience a shorter life expectancy, higher maternal and infant mortality, and more chronic disease; and it is important to promote the prevention and early detection of diseases in women and the equality of care, treatment and rehabilitation for women when they become ill.

The Legislature further recognizes that: heart disease is the leading cause of death for women, however, women with heart disease are not diagnosed or treated as early or as aggressively as men, and the classic risk profile for cardiovascular disease is based on a male model of disease; breast cancer is the leading cause of death in women between the ages of 35-50; New Jersey has higher than average rates for breast cancer and the State ranks 25th among all states for breast cancer screening; there remains a tremendous need for education and information regarding breast cancer symptoms, self-evaluation, routine mammography, prevention programs and access to services; nearly one fourth of pregnant women do not receive adequate prenatal care; women constitute the fastest growing group of people with AIDS in New Jersey; and domestic violence is a major health problem for women nationally and in this State.

Therefore, it is necessary to create a special office to focus exclusively on these crucial health concerns facing the women in New Jersey.


This section added to the Rutgers Database: 2012-09-26 13:37:48.

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