Office on Women's Health Blog
Earnest Evans, Sharon Evans
In July 2013, my wife Sharon was diagnosed with both lung and breast cancer. My immediate thought was that I would need to resign from my job as a vice president for sales of an education company in order to become a full-time caregiver.
Why is it important to discuss your family's health history? Diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease often run in families. Tracing the illnesses of your parents, grandparents, and other blood relatives can help your healthcare practitioner predict your risk for specific diseases and make vital screening and treatment decisions before any disease is evident.
Other than skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women. Getting mammograms regularly can lower the risk of dying from breast cancer.
Despite the perception that breast cancer is only something older women need to worry about, young women can and do get breast cancer. I myself was a young woman at high risk, but didn't know it. Just months after a clean mammogram, in late 2007, I heard those terrible words, "You have breast cancer".
Kathleen Sebelius, Debbie Wasserman Schultz
... under the Affordable Care Act, most health insurance companies and employer plans must cover tamoxifen and raloxifene — like other recommended preventive services — without co-pays or other out of pocket expenses for women at increased risk for breast cancer.
Did you know that two weeks to three months after quitting smoking, a woman's heart attack risk begins to drop? In honor of the Great American Smokeout, I spoke with Dr. Howard Koh, the U.S. Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to learn more about smoking and how it affects women.