Why the Registry


Why Do We Need a Women's Health Research Registry?

In the past, women have been disproportionately underrepresented in clinical research studies. Few of the many drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have been adequately tested in women. More recently, scientists have become increasingly aware that medical treatments often work differently in women than in men. The MemorialCare Heart & Vascular Institute - Center for Women’s Health & Research at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center is committed to discovering and understanding these vital gender differences – with the larger goal of working to improve the well-being of future generations of women through ongoing research. We hope that you will encourage your female relatives, friends and colleagues to participate in this new initiative.

Do You Know?

  • Heart disease is the #1 killer of American women.
  • Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer of women in the United States. Colorectal cancer and breast cancer are the second and third leading cancer killers of women.
  • Women are more likely than men to die from a stroke.
  • Nearly twice as many women as men die from Alzheimer's disease yearly.
  • Seventy-five percent of Americans living with autoimmune disorders (such as lupus, multiple sclerosis, and rheumatoid arthritis) are women.
  • Women are far more likely than men to suffer from chronic pain and chronic fatigue.

Call to Action

Join the women who have already signed up to further sex and gender-specific research to help researchers understand how and why illnesses develop in women, and what women can do to prevent illnesses.