WASHINGTON — Guidance on breast most cancers disappeared from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) web site with out warning, in line with a authorities watchdog group, however HHS contends the pages have been eliminated due to a scarcity of use.
“While content about mammogram breast cancer screening remains, informational pages and fact sheets about the disease, including symptoms, treatment, risk factors, and public no- or low-cost cancer screening programs, have been entirely removed and are no longer found elsewhere on the OWH [Office of Women’s Health],” based on a Sunlight Foundation report.
An HHS spokesperson informed ThinkProgress, “The pages were removed on December 6, 2017, because content was not mobile-friendly and very rarely used. Before we update any of the information … we engage in a comprehensive audit and use analysis process that includes reviewing other federal consumer health websites to ensure we are not duplicating efforts or presenting redundant information.”
This is not the primary time content material has been eliminated from the HHS website with out discover or rationalization. In an earlier report, the Sunlight Foundation famous that content related to health issues of lesbian and bisexual women had been removed.
At the time, HHS stated the knowledge was taken down for replace, in line with Politico, and that the content material had been built-in into different elements of the HHS web site. The Sunlight Foundation disputed that declare.
Toly Rineberg of the Sunlight Foundation advised MedPage Today in an e mail that, in each situations (lesbian/bisexual health and breast most cancers), “we have not found comparable content accessible on the Office on Women’s Health site.”
The major web page of the breast most cancers web site beforehand provided hyperlinks to pages on breast most cancers signs, screening and analysis, danger elements, and prevention, in addition to info on the OWH and different authorities company web sites. Information on the CDC National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program, and screening packages for women with low revenue or with out insurance coverage, additionally appeared on the location.
All seven pages of the OWH breast most cancers web site now loop again to the OWH house web page, which doesn’t include any breast cancer-related info.
The basis additionally famous that content material associated to “early-stage breast cancer treatment” and “caregiver stress” have been eliminated, though there’s a PDF obtainable with some info on the latter. An informational web page on mammograms stays reside on the OWH website, in response to the report.
“Breast cancer will be diagnosed in more than a quarter million U.S. women this year alone, and more than 154,000 people are living with metastatic — or incurable — breast cancer in the U.S. today,” a spokesperson for the Susan G. Komen Foundation wrote in an e-mail. “It is absolutely critical that women, and men, have the most up-to-date evidence-based information available to them, about the disease itself and very importantly about the resources that may be available to them for free or low-cost screenings, treatment support, psychosocial support, local programs that may help them and financial support that they may need.”
The OWH website was visited roughly 700,00zero occasions within the 30 days previous to March 21, 2018, in response to a Sunlight Foundation blog post. The basis doesn’t have knowledge on the precise variety of visits to the breast most cancers part.