In an effort to protect women from fatal diseases and further advance the United States’ scientific knowledge of women’s health, President Clinton has signed the “Women’s Health Research and Prevention Amendment of 1998.”
The bill will advance women’s health through better research methods and screenings for diseases that pose a particular danger to American women, such as osteoporosis, breast and ovarian cancer, and cardiovascular diseases.
Screening programs will be authorized at the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control for the next five years. Federal research will be extended into heart disease, strokes, and various other cardiovascular diseases that affect women. The bill will also give many low-income women access to breast and cervical cancer screening.