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Alert! Black-out on breast cancer info

April 4, 2018


The Trump administration’s Department of Health and Human Services removed the bulk of its information on breast cancer from the government website. The Office on Women’s Health main page on breast cancer disappeared, along with fact sheets and information covering symptoms, treatment, risk factors, and public no- or low-cost cancer screening programs. The removal of this lifesaving information was neither announced nor explained, and the content has not been re-posted elsewhere.

While Hesperian cannot provide breast cancer screenings (how to access screenings was part of the information deleted), we can offer easy to understand information on this all too common cancer that affects 1 of every 8 women in the US, killing over 40,000 women each year.

In Where Women Have No Doctor, you can learn how to do a self-exam for breast cancer, as well as learn the warning signs for breast cancer. And in Health Actions for Women, you can learn how to organize advocacy campaigns to make sure that our governments and health services provide women with the health care we need. 

Another great resource is Breast Cancer Action, a fantastic advocacy organization working on preventing breast cancer, best known for their “Think Before You Pink” campaign.