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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Health care gender gap

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Just two short weeks after Men's Health Week and less than three weeks after Father's Day, we learn more men are getting screened for colon cancer ( "Colon cancer screenings up, breast rate stalled," Web, Culture, Tuesday). That's great news, but what about screenings for prostate cancer?

While the Obama administration and the "progressives" in Congress are raining money down on women's health, why is equal attention not being paid to men's health and offices devoted to it? There are several government offices devoted to women's health, but none devoted to the health of men.

As we begin to enter the intensity of the fall elections, I would urge all boys and men, along with all the women who love them, to ask every candidate on their ballot what they have done - or promise to do - for the health and well-being of males. Should no answer be forthcoming, that exactly is the number of votes those candidates should receive.

In health care, as in education and employment, it easily is documented that virtually all gender gaps favor girls and women and disfavor today's true victims: boys and men. Any real hope for change in 2010 is up to the votes of boys and men - and the girls and women who want boys and men in their lives.

GORDON E. FINLEY

Professor of Psychology

Florida International University

Miami

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