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Issue Position: Healthcare

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The assurance of a fair and balanced system in regards to health care is also an important factor for the constituents of District 10. Many of you have either seen or heard disturbing news reports in regards to women's health and the possibility of coverage for women's preventive health screenings being dissolved. These possible changes will not only be devastating to District 10, but to the nation as a whole. As an RN Educator and public speaker on breast, testicular, and prostate cancer, I know the importance of preventive health screenings. Preventive health care screenings do help to save lives. Anyone still living with a late cancer diagnosis is sure to echo me in saying that preventive health screenings are vital. I recently spoke to one of my high school classmates that shared with me her experience with being diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of thirty. A male classmate of mine was also diagnosed with testicular cancer at the age of thirty. Both of these individuals shared in great detail the anguish of knowing that they quite possibly could not have been here to share in the nurturing of their children if they had not been screened and diagnosed in the early stages of the disease. The aftermath of a late diagnosis does have a ripple effect that impacts children, families, and communities. Decisions made in regards to the health of women and men alike must be made with a heart for people and not policy.

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