Sudan’s Anti-FGM Campaign Avoids Using the Term

A new nationwide media blitz in Sudan calls for the end of the practice of cutting girls’ genitalia. Critics say its edge is dulled by not directly referring to FGM and instead relying on a word that means “complete.”

Breast Cancer Drops; Women Lack Birthing Care

(WOMENSENEWS)–CheersBreast cancer rates in the United States dropped by 7 percent from 2002 to 2003, possibly as a result of millions of women who discontinued hormone replacement therapy, the Associated Press reported Dec. 15. The analysis was reported at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.Breast cancer cases dropped most among women 50 and older, the age group taking hormones. In 2003, there were only 124 cases per 100,000 women, the biggest decline in the breast cancer rate since the 1970s. That year, nearly 200,000 cases of breast cancer had been expected, but about 14,000 fewer women actually were diagnosed with the disease.The decline in the number of women taking hormone replacement therapy came just after publication of the Women’s Health Initiative trial in 2002, which revealed that health risks among recipients were elevated, especially for breast cancer and stroke.”This is big news,” said Dr. Jay Brooks of the Ochsner Health System, in Baton Rouge, La.

Chick Flicks Need More Good Guys (Like Me)

Chick flicks aren’t just for the chicks, says commentator Nevyn O’Kane. But he wishes that the pattern of women falling for bad guys who subsume their careers and autonomy would change and give nice, open-minded guys like him more limelight.