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August 1994

Women's Health Begins in Pediatrics

Author Affiliations

Associate Editor The Johns Hopkins Hospital Baltimore, Md

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1994;148(8):783-784. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1994.02170080013002

FINALLY, WOMEN'S health has taken a place of prominence on the national health agenda. Issues such as better screening and therapy for breast cancer, the appropriate indications for estrogen replacement in postmenopausal women, and the epidemiology of heart disease in women are of great importance. However, concerns such as these should not define the entirety of the women's health agenda. As pediatricians well know, there are many unanswered questions and unresolved issues that pertain to the health and welfare of girls (including adolescent females) that deserve attention equal to that placed on adult women's issues. The health of these young women cannot simply be subsumed under an adult agenda. Because girls cannot vote, it is up to us as pediatricians to ensure that their unique concerns are adequately addressed and receive an appropriate share of research funding. The payoff will likely be sizable: healthier girls in the short term and