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NCTE, HRC call on CDC to investigate denial of breast cancer screenings to transgender women

WASHINGTON – In response to news reports that an uninsured transgender woman in Colorado who found a lump in her breast was denied federally subsidized mammography based on federal guidance that she is "not genetically female,” the Human Rights Campaign and the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) called on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to investigate and change any discriminatory guidelines.

“Breast cancer screenings save lives and should be available to all women, period,” said Shane Snowdon, director of the HRC Health & Aging Program. “This policy isn’t simply discriminatory, it’s dangerous, and we hope our leaders at the CDC will address it immediately.”

"Excluding transgender women from a breast cancer screening program has no legitimate basis and flies in the face of accepted medical standards,” said Harper Jean Tobin, NCTE director of policy. “That is irrational discrimination, plain and simple. We hope and expect that the CDC will act swiftly to make clear that these programs must serve all women."

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