New study shows women have more to worry about than breast cancer

Recent study shows that women need to keep Alzheimer's on their radar.

Amongst all of the breast cancer awareness pink splashed around communities, a new study shows that some ought to be more focused on a different disease.

Elizabeth Cohen, CNN, reviewed the findings.

A new study released at midnight finds that older women have a much higher risk of Alzheimer's disease than break cancer.

Like most women, Marilyn White knew she should be concerned about breast cancer, but not Alzheimer's disease.

"Alzheimer's was not on my radar, I don't know why I had never paid any attention to it, but I guess being busy, it never dawned on me," White said.

White was diagnosed with Alzheimer's two years ago. And it should have been on her radar and on all women's radars, according to a new report from the Alzheimer's Association.

The report finds that women in their 60s are about twice as likely to develop Alzheimer's disease than they are to get breast cancer.

Alzheimer's disease affects women more than men. In fact, almost two out of every three Alzheimer's patients are women.

When she was younger, White felt invincible. She was an accomplished athlete. She brought home a silver medal in track and field from the 1964 Olympics.

Now, 69 years old, she wishes she had been more aware of Alzheimer's.

"it would have helped me if I knew stage by stage what could happen," she said. "I think I would have caught it sooner. I would have recognized it sooner and maybe been able to start a medication or something sooner."

She was more aware of breast cancer and found a lump in her breast. It was cancer. Now the cancer is gone and White is a five-year survivor.

But sadly, her Alzheimer's disease won't be going away. There are no effective treatments.

Doctors who treat Alzheimer's say more money and awareness can change that. They're competing with other diseases for dwindling research funds, hoping to make their case for more money for a cure.