As reported recently nearly 8.8 million women die from heart disease annually and is the leading cause of death among women. Nearly 50% of women are expected to die from heart disease and stroke. Even though the percentage is higher than for men, we still think of it as a disease for men. I guess you could say we have come a long way. Yet when I asked the women I work with what is the disease they fear the most, the answer was unanimous. Cancer.