About the Registry
Historically, our understanding of the manifestation of health and disease has been derived from studies conducted primarily in men. We now know that having different sex chromosomes at conception (XX in women and XY in men) plays a significant and distinct role in our health — far beyond the reproductive system. In virtually every medical discipline, there exist unanswered questions pertaining to women's health and well-being. However, as more women participate in research studies, finding answers to these difficult questions will become a reality. We present you with an opportunity to enroll in a cause that encourages the study of sex differences between women and men that affect the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease. If we want to improve knowledge about women's health for ourselves, our daughters, our granddaughters, and many generations beyond, then we need to assist medical researchers in finding the answers. To help women and medical professionals in Illinois find out why diseases affect women differently than men, the Institute for Women's Health Research at Northwestern University has created the Illinois Women's Health Registry.
The Illinois Women's Health Registry database will be used to assist investigators to better understand the relationship between environmental exposures, stress, health symptoms, health trends and disease by gathering data on large numbers of women. The Registry is intended to foster research in the area of women's health by serving as an informational resource as well as a recruiting tool. The Registry will also make a concerted effort to include women from diverse social classes and racial/ethnic backgrounds in order to promote diversity in research studies and clinical trials.
Why create a women's health Registry?
Why do some diseases affect women more than men? Why do women respond to some drugs and treatment therapies differently than men? What environmental factors and behaviors most influence women's health?
We don't know. But we want to find out. And we need your help.
Please take the time to join the Illinois Women's Health Registry and help us gain a better understanding of women's health issues in Illinois. The Registry questionnaire can be completed a little at a time, so start filling out yours today!
Did 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 each year.
• Seventy-five percent of Americans living with autoimmune disorders (such as lupus, multiple sclerosis, and rheumatoid arthritis) are women.