Office on Women's Health Blog

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Schedule Your Annual Well-Woman Visit

Dr. Nancy C. Lee

Does taking care of yourself fall to the bottom of your to-do list? With so many competing priorities, it's not always easy to put your health first. Take just one day to focus on you and your health — and add years to your life.

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Our Year in Review: Accomplishments in Women's Health

Kathleen Sebelius

Women's History Month reminds us to pay tribute to the generations of women who have contributed to the growth of our nation, in public and private life. As we celebrate Women's History Month and recognize the extraordinary achievements women have made throughout history, I'd also like to reflect on the accomplishments the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has made over the last year to improve the lives of women and girls

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Give the Gift of Life

Dr. Nancy C. Lee

About 38 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood, but only 10 percent actually do each year. That's a small percentage considering someone in the U.S. needs blood every two seconds.

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Women and Smoking: A Winnable Fight

Dr. Nancy C. Lee

With each report, the list of health risks connected to tobacco use and exposure continues to grow, especially for women. In the 2014 report from the Surgeon General, The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress, we learned that women — for the first time ever — are as likely to die as men from diseases caused by smoking.

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Celebrating African-American Contributions to Public Health

Jonca Bull

As a medical doctor and director of FDA's Office of Minority Health, I am highly conscious of health disparities in the United States. Certain racial and ethnic populations respond differently to some medical products.

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The Health Insurance Marketplace: Giving Moms Peace of Mind

Dr. Nancy C. Lee

As the director of the Office on Women's Health and as a mom, I know that the Marketplace is a powerful tool that will have an impact on millions of Americans, including my son. It can help your son or daughter, too.

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More Than 2.8 Million Reasons for Hope

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.

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How the Affordable Care Act Improves the Lives of American Women

Kathleen Sebelius

Important preventive services are now available to women at no additional cost. These include an annual well woman visit; screening for breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer; certain contraceptive methods; smoking-cessation treatment and services; breastfeeding support and equipment; screening and counseling for interpersonal and domestic violence; immunizations; and many more. Thanks to the health care law, more than 47 million women have guaranteed access to preventive services without cost-sharing

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A woman getting a mammogram

Protect Yourself: Breast Cancer Screening

Dr. Nancy C. Lee

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month — the perfect time to talk about the importance of breast cancer screening. Every woman has a story or connection to breast cancer; my grandmother died of breast cancer before I was born. After skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer affecting women, regardless of race or ethnicity.

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