December 3rd, 2009
11:47 AM ET

A step back for women's health

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Susan Scanlan
Special to CNN

I've been digesting the recommendations of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force for two weeks now. And I'm still swallowing hard.

How else to react to the cockamamie recommendations to discontinue routine breast self-exams, along with mammograms, for 40-something women?

Let's take one giant leap backward for women's health! These task forcers have devalued the only tool available to women for fighting what is practically a health scourge in our country.

I know from scourges. The granddaughter and daughter of breast cancer victims, my time in the barrel came in 2005. Four years and a double mastectomy later, I'm still kicking.

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Filed under: Health Care • Women's Issues
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  1. Tim Gibson

    We are all taking a step backwards on this issue, locked hidden with that large, and largely unread Health Care Reform Bill.

    Buyer Beware.

    December 3, 2009 at 12:05 pm |