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September 28, 2022

Hologic: Women’s health care isn’t improving

Photo | Grant Welker Hologic's Marlborough headquarters

Marlborough-based medical technology company Hologic’s second annual Global Women’s Health Index reveals a lack of progress in women’s health care indicators worldwide.

“The lack of progress and, in some cases, backward momentum justify an even louder wake-up call for world leaders to do more for women, whose well-being underpins the health of families, communities, societies and economies," said Steve MacMillan, chairman, president, CEO of Hologic, in a press release Sept. 21.

Hologic partnered with Washington, D.C. market research firm Gallup on the project.

Of the 122 countries surveyed, the average global score was 53 out of a possible 100, and the highest score was 70, for Taiwan. The lowest score was 22, for Afghanistan. 

The United States scored a 61, which ranked 23rd among the nation’s surveyed.

The report identified barriers to preventative care for women, including food and shelter, lack of educational opportunities, and threats to safety, Hologic said in a press release. While about 85% of women surveyed in the report believe in regular healthcare visits, less than 60% had gone to a doctor, nurse, midwife or other provider in the previous year. Only 12% said they had been tested for any type of cancer.

"Reliable data can ignite genuine change, and we look forward to engaging leaders worldwide to use the Index to champion women’s wellness,” MacMillan said in a statement.

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