Who Knows Breast?

Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz wants to spread the word about breast cancer awareness, but some think her new bill is a boob

After surviving a battle with breast cancer, South Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz created national legislation to educate young women about the disease.

Forty-two-year-old Wasserman Schultz, who underwent a double mastectomy as part of seven major surgeries in a 12-month span to become cancer-free, had women’s health at the heart of her campaign.

But not all cancer researchers and advocates agree Wasserman Schultz is targeting the right audience.

Donald Berry of M.D. Anderson Cancer Center says women under 40 rarely get breast cancer. He alleges that aside from not smoking, there is nothing women can do to prevent breast cancer.

He also found some lumps in Wasserman Schultz’s bill with regards to self-examination, saying young women generally have bumpy breasts and pointing out the bill will only perpetuate fears about breast cancer.

Instead of giving Wasserman Schultz’s knowledge-is-power approach to breast cancer education a push up, it looks like this bill may be starting to sag.

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