November 7, 2012
DES action is a vital organization, not just for women who, like me, were exposed to this horrible drug and have had to deal with the consequences, such as a son's prematurity, and will have to deal with unknown future effects, such as increased breast cancer risks. It also serves a vital role for health care providers. Sadly, I find that physicians frequently do not know much, if anything, about DES exposure, and thus I was classified as not high risk when pregnant with my first child. I still encounter OBGYNs who do not know any more what DES is or wave it off as something that was only prescribed in the fifties. But besides this key function, DES Action also helps inform the larger public about the risks of chemical exposure during pregnancy and beyond (particularly of endocrine disrupters), which is highly relevant to everyone and shows DES to be a crucial case study with farreaching implications.
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