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Report Card on Women's Health Issues Mixed

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RALEIGH — It's report card time in North Carolina for women's health issues. Grades show steps forward and steps back.

Health experts from throughout the state are meeting in Chapel Hill to discuss how to address women's health problems. The report shows prenatal care has improved, more women are getting mammograms, and suicide among women is decreasing.

However, smoking among young girls is on the rise.

"So there are several critical areas and that is exactly what we are trying to learn from the focus groups," said Dr. Ron Levine, state health director, "and from bringing all the experts and people that are desperately interested together during this summit... again to help us make sure that we shoot a rifle and not a shot gun at the biggest issues that face us."

A report card from this set of meetings will be used to measure progress in the future.