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March 2023 Office of Women's Health e-Update

Women's History Month

Message from the Associate Commissioner

Dear Women's Health Colleagues,

This Women’s History Month, we are celebrating the achievements and telling the stories of women past and present from our Office of Women’s Health (OWH) and across the FDA. Women of great talent and tenacity have helped transform our communities, our nation and public health for the better. We honor their remarkable courage, conviction, and vision in the month of March and beyond.

Please take a moment to read some of the stories of women contributing to the FDA, including Voices of Innovation: Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination: Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

Since 1994, OWH has led policy, research, education, and outreach efforts to advance the health of women. We are proud to continue this work and to provide a variety of health resources to help women make informed decisions for themselves and their loved ones.

I encourage you to share our resources and to also take time to listen to and share the stories of the women in your own families, communities, and workplaces. Women’s history is all around us.


Kaveeta Vasisht, M.D., Pharm.D.

Associate Commissioner for Women's Health
Director, Office of Women's Health


Below are links to specific COVID-19 topics and the latest vaccine fact sheets, with a full list of the latest COVID-19 information from the FDA here.


Colorectal Center Awareness Month

March also marks Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States and it’s also one of the most preventable types of cancer. One of the best ways to help prevent it is with routine screening. Health care providers recommend routine screening starting at age 45, or earlier if you are at higher risk. 

FDA has information on screening options. You can discuss these options with your health care provider to decide which is best for you. Colorectal cancer screenings can help find abnormal growths in the colon before they turn into cancer and can detect colorectal cancer in its early stages when treatment may be most effective.

Although most cases of colorectal cancer occur in people over the age of 50, rates are rising among younger adults, and African Americans and American Indians/Alaska Natives have the highest rates of colorectal cancer. Remember to schedule your screening now and talk with your friends and loved ones about how they can reduce their risk of developing colorectal cancer.   


Pregnancy Registry

Pregnancy covid19

Pregnancy exposure registries are studies that collect health information on exposure to medical products such as drugs and vaccines during pregnancy. 

Learn more about pregnancy registries today!

Participate in Upcoming FDA Meetings

Visit FDA Meetings, Conferences and Workshops to find out about available meetings.


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