Report: Alzheimer’s far more likely than breast cancer in women over 60

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(CNN) — Women age 60 and older have a 1 in 6 chance of getting Alzheimer’s disease in their lifetime, and are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s compared with breast cancer, according to a report from the Alzheimer’s Association.

Men, by comparison, have a 1 in 11 chance of getting Alzheimer’s, according to the 2014 Facts and Figures report.

Age is the greatest risk factor for gender differences among Alzheimer’s patients, but it’s not the only reason. Researchers are also looking at genetic and hormonal differences, according to Maria Carrillo, vice president of medical and scientific relations for the Alzheimer’s Association.

The disease affects more than 5 million Americans, two-thirds of them women. The new details about this disease and its impact on women come from a survey of more than 3,000 women commissioned by the Alzheimer’s Association.

Carol Moore, 75, is all too familiar with this gender disparity…

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