TABLE 1-3 People 65 Years and Older with a Particular Disease or Condition

 

Males

Females

Selected Diseases and Conditions

Total

Whites

Blacks

Hispanics

Total

Whites

Blacks

Hispanics

Circulatory Diseases

Heart disease, total

35.9

37.6

27.9

22.9

29.2

29.9

29.0

20.4

Coronary heart disease

26.4

27.9

19.3

17.9

17.6

18.0

17.6

14.2

Hypertension

41.6

41.0

52.7

32.6

49.6

47.7

67.6

47.9

Stroke

9.7

9.6

13.1

5.8

7.2

7.1

8.4

9.6

Respiratory Diseases

Chronic emphysema

6.8

7.1

5.9

4.2

3.8

4.1

2.2

1.3

Asthma

6.3

6.1

7.4

6.9

8.9

8.7

10.5

8.9

Hay fever

5.8

6.1

5.1

2.5

8.1

8.1

8.5

6.6

Sinusitis

11.8

12.4

9.8

9.1

18.2

18.4

20.2

14.6

Bronchitis

4.5

4.7

3.7

3.6

7.6

8.2

4.6

5.4

Types of Cancer

Any cancer

18.6

20.1

13.0

9.6

17.3

19.0

9.3

7.8

Breast cancer

0.2

0.3

n/a

n/a

6.5

6.9

4.7

2.3

Cervical cancer

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

1.0

1.1

0.8

0.7

Prostate cancer

6.4

6.7

6.4

5.1

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Other Diseases and Conditions

Diabetes

13.3

12.1

17.6

19.4

13.6

11.9

26.0

21.2

Ulcers

15.6

15.6

13.9

14.7

12.3

12.3

11.9

11.4

Kidney disease

3.4

3.3

3.8

3.3

3.2

2.9

4.6

1.7

Liver disease

1.1

1.2

0.3

2.2

1.4

1.4

2.4

0.2

Arthritic symptoms

31.8

32.1

32.4

28.3

40.8

40.7

41.9

44.5

n/a, Not applicable or no data.

NOTE: Data are for people who have been told by a doctor or other health professional that they have the disease or condition.

SOURCE: 1998 National Health Interview Survey (Pleis and Coles, 2002).

frequently by women than men. Blacks also report a previous stroke more often than whites, but black males are less likely than whites to report heart disease. This is somewhat inconsistent and it should be noted that these are self-reports, and anyone who died from these diseases (or from any other cause) is not in the comparison. Blacks report a previous diagnosis of any cancer much less often than whites, including reports of breast cancer among women. Blacks report substantially more frequent diagnoses of diabetes.

These comparisons are consistent with other data in which blacks do



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