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10 Worst States for Women’s Health

In some states, women may struggle for access to family planning, mammograms, and Pap smears.
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Mississippi

The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) ranked the Magnolia State fifty-first of all US states and DC, in its 2010 Report Card on women’s health.

Mississippi got failing grades for high rates of obesity, smoking, inactivity, and chronic illness. One in four women 18 to 44 years old in the state had no health insurance in 2009-2010, compared to one in 20 women in Massachusetts, the top-ranked state.

About 71% of women 50 and older in Mississippi were up-to-date on breast cancer screening, compared to 88% of women in Massachusetts.

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