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Cancer still biggest killer of older women

Cancer remains the biggest killer of NSW women over 45, while injury and poisoning are the leading cause of death among women aged 25–44, a new report reveals.

The Health and Wellbeing Report on NSW females, released on Tuesday, found one in four women in the state dies from cancer. However, as a whole, the health of women is improving.

“Overall, women in NSW are participating in physical activity more than ever, and the number of female smokers has now halved since 2002,” Minister for Women Tanya Davies said in a statement.

“However, there are still factors such as where women live, Aboriginality and socioeconomic status that impact the overall health of women in NSW.”

The report also found a decline in fatal coronary heart disease and fewer teenagers giving birth, but listed an increase in the number of young women experiencing high levels of psychological distress.

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