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House Proceeding 12-15-09 on Dec 15th, 2009 :: 0:55:20 to 0:58:30
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Sue Wilkins Myrick

0:55:12 to 0:55:32( Edit History Discussion )

Sue Wilkins Myrick: gentlelady's time has expired. the gentlewoman from tennessee. mrs. blackburn: thank you, mr. speaker. at this time i'm pleased to yield two minutes to the gentlelady from north carolina, mrs. myrick, who has been a true champion, women and breast cancer issues and has really led on our side of the aisle as we have worked to deal with so many of these issues.

Sue Wilkins Myrick

0:55:20 to 0:58:30( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Sue Wilkins Myrick

Sue Wilkins Myrick

0:55:33 to 0:55:53( Edit History Discussion )

Sue Wilkins Myrick: at this time i yield to mrs. myrick of north carolina. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from north carolina is recognized. mrs. myrick: thank you, mr. speaker. and i thank my friend for yielding. i also thank my friend on the other side of the aisle, debbie wasserman schultz, and lois capps, in particular, the two of them have been very upont and aggressive in leading the

Sue Wilkins Myrick

0:55:54 to 0:56:15( Edit History Discussion )

Sue Wilkins Myrick: charge on these issues. i'm grateful for it. as you've already heard, the task force recently advised that women under 50 don't need mammograms and that those over 50 don't need them every year and that doctors shouldn't encourage breast self-examines due to false positives --

Sue Wilkins Myrick

0:56:16 to 0:56:37( Edit History Discussion )

Sue Wilkins Myrick: self-exams due to positives. what does this send to women? we know that breast exams aren't perfect and we hope to have better technology to do the job. disee, and breast cancer exa tests that aren't necessary and same with mammograms and people can say it's all nerve racking to do it.

Sue Wilkins Myrick

0:56:38 to 0:56:59( Edit History Discussion )

Sue Wilkins Myrick: but as a breast cancer survivor, i know that screening works. you know, it saves lives. and it's not always easy. i had to go to several doctors before my and if i hadn't been persistent d -- i might not be here today. screening does save lives. it makes a difference for many

Sue Wilkins Myrick

0:57:00 to 0:57:20( Edit History Discussion )

Sue Wilkins Myrick: women whether they're 40 years old, 65 years old, 75 years old, it doesn't matter. you know, many women look for excuses anyway. they don't want to get screened for cancer. they really n't like to do it. and some of them say, i don't even want to know. well, this recommendation certainly doesn't help that problem.

Sue Wilkins Myrick

0:57:21 to 0:57:41( Edit History Discussion )

Sue Wilkins Myrick: statistically, maybe mammograms are more likely to save your life if you're over 50, but they save lives for those under 50 every day and we know that. what if you're 45-year-old sister or daughter or your mother doesn't know she has breast cancer until it's too late? and as i said before, the doctors to discourage

Sue Wilkins Myrick

0:57:42 to 0:58:02( Edit History Discussion )

Sue Wilkins Myrick: self-breast exams. come on, what more simple tool do women have to guard against what can be a very aggressive disease? after all, we don't know what causes cancer. and women need to p attention -- may i have 30 more seconds? mrs. blackburn: i yield 30 more seconds. mrs. myrick: thank you.

Sue Wilkins Myrick

0:58:03 to 0:58:24( Edit History Discussion )

Sue Wilkins Myrick: the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for 30 more seconds. mrs. myrick: women need to pay close attention to their bodies, because if something is wrong they need to be aggressive about testing and finding the answers. and that doesn't matter how old you are. as was mentioned, too, so many younger women are getting cancer today. so many more than ever did before. and you know, we need to find

Sue Wilkins Myrick

0:58:25 to 0:58:30( Edit History Discussion )

Sue Wilkins Myrick: out why. but in the meantime, we need to give them the options that they need. and in is -- this resolution is

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