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Transsexual woman sues for right to get breast cancer screenings
COLORADO -- A transsexual woman from Colorado is suing for the right to get free breast cancer screenings. Jennifer Blair had gender reassignment surgery a decade ago. She takes doctor-prescribed synthetic estrogen which puts her at a higher risk for breast cancer. She noticed some unusual growth and sought out help from a state-run program that offers free cancer screenings to low income women. She met all the requirements but was still turned away because the centers for disease control pays for the program, and says it only covers clients who are "genetically female."
"I was shocked. I was hurt."
"This is about social justice. This is about holding public organizations accountable to do the right thing."
Blair eventually scraped together the money to pay for a mammogram. She does not have breast cancer. She says she is suing so others like her won't be refused potentially life-saving cancer screenings.