It’s a war of the sexes…to the death. Literally. This infographic covers which sex is more prone for certain types of disease.  It starts off by telling us that a man’s average life expectancy is 75 years old, while a woman’s is 80 years old.  So, it looks like the women are winning so far…

Causes of Death

This is visually interesting – there is a man symbol on one side, a woman symbol on the other, and in between there is a list of the top 11 leading causes of death.  There are corresponding numbers to tell you where each cause of death ranks on a scale of 1-10 for men and women.  For example, heart disease ranks number one for both men and women, while suicide ranks number 8 for men and not in the top 10 at all for women.  Cancer is the number two leading cause of death for both men and women, while unintentional injuries is #3 for men, #6 for women.  Cerebrovascular diseases rank #3 for women, and #4 for men, while chronic lower respiratory diseases ranks #4 for women, #5 for men.  I think you get the picture.



Women are more prone to osteoporosis than men.  Men have a 1 in 4 chance, while women have a 2 in 4 chance.


While cancer is the 2nd leading cause of death for both genders, men are more at risk than women.  Women have a 2 in 6 chance of developing cancer during their lifetime, while for men it’s a 3 in 6 chance.  As for types of cancer, one woman will have lung cancer for every two and a half men who have it.  In 2007, 88,329 men died of lung cancer while 70,354 women did.  Leukemia, colon cancer, rectum cancer, pancreatic cancer, and liver cancer are all slightly more common for men – one and a half men for every one woman.  Bladder cancer occurs in three times the amount of men as women, and lip and throat cancer will affect one woman for every five men who have it.

Autoimmune Disease

Women are more prone to autoimmune disease – 8% of the U.S. population has an autoimmune disease, and 78% of them are women.

Cardiovascular Disease

Women are more prone to cardiovascular disease as well.  Women are 21% more likely to die within a year of their first heart attack.  For every one woman who has cancer, two women have some sort of cardiovascular disease.

Alzheimer’s Disease

Of the 5.4 million people living with Alzheimer’s in the United States, 3.4 of them are women.  The disease presents itself in different ways depending on gender, however.  In men, they will be aggressive, socially inappropriate, and wander (insert man joke here) while women will be depressed, have delusions, be emotionally unstable, might be prone to hoarding or reclusive behavior, will refuse help, and may be socially inappropriate (insert woman joke here).

Design:  B+

The use of color is good,, and the data, though complex, was presented in a visually pleasing, easy-to-understand way.

Information:  A

While I’m always looking for more information, I realize there is only so much you can pack into one infographic.  If these facts are correct, there is a lot of good information given here.  Depressing, but good.