The Sunlight Foundation has reported information on  "breast cancer" was deleted from the Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health website.

Informational pages about breast cancer, including symptoms, treatment, risk factions and public no- or low-cost cancer screening programs no longer appears on WomensHealth.gov  the foundation said.

Also missing: "information about provisions of the Affordable Care Act that require coverage of no-cost breast cancer screenings for certain women, as well as links to a free cancer screening program administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention."

The Sunlight Foundation, which is a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that seeks transparency in government and politics.

This is the third report about censorship at the Office of Women's Health that has already removed information on WomensHealth.gov relating to lesbian and bisexual women's health.

"As we have released these reports, journalists and members of the public have asked us about the significance of these removals. Beyond indicating potential changes in policy, these removals sow real doubt about important health considerations for populations of vulnerable women throughout the country," the foundation said in an article posted to its website.

Breast cancer affects one in eight women during their lifetimes.

As of this posting, information on cervical, ovarian and uterine cancer remain on the website.

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Luanne Rife writes about the businesses, policies, discoveries and inventions that affect the health of people living in southwestern Virginia.

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