TABLE 1-1 Percentage of Women Who Have Ever Used Oral Contraceptives, by Birth Cohort and Marital Status, United States, 1987

Birth Cohort

Age at Interview (years)

All Women (percent)

Ever-married Women (percent)

1935-1939

48-52

46.9

47.9

1940-1944

43-47

67.9

70.7

1945-1949

38-42

80.6

81.9

1950-1954

33-37

80.6

82.7

1955-1959

28-32

79.4

82.9

1960-1964

23-27

78.2

85.4

1965-1969

18-22

49.5

80.4

SOURCE: Data from the 1987 National Health Interview Survey, adaptedfrom D. A. Dawson, "Trends in Use of Oral Contraceptives—Data fromthe 1987 National Health Interview Survey," Family Planning Perspectives 22(1990):169-172.

. Today, 1 in 9 women who live long enough develops the disease sometime in her life, and 1 in 18 can expect to die from it. Furthermore, approximately two-thirds of women over the age of 70 are reported to have abnormal cellular proliferation in their breast tissue (Kramer and Rush, 1973).

FIGURE 1-1 Estimates of cancer among American women, 1991. SOURCE: C. C. Boring, T. S. Squires, and T. Tong. “Cancer Statistics, 1991,” A Cancer Journal for Clinicians 41(1991):19-51. Reproduced with permission of the American Cancer Society.



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