SOLDOTNA—Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Breast Cancer Detection Center of Alaska are working together again to offer free breast cancer screening to women ages 35 – 64 at the Planned Parenthood Health Center in Soldotna on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 between 9 am and 4 pm.
“We’re gratified to once again be working with the Breast Cancer Detection Center to get this life-saving screening to women who may otherwise not be able to afford it or access it,” said Clover Simon, Federal Grants Administrator for Parenthood of the Great Northwest. “The best protection for women is early detection.”
Approximately one in eight American women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. Currently, more than 40 thousand American women die of breast cancer each year. Breast cancer is the second most common form of cancer in women besides non-melanoma skin cancer. Early screening through self-breast exam, mammography and education are critical to end the suffering from this disease: 98 percent of women treated for early stage breast cancer, before it spreads, are alive five years later.
The free screenings will be offered on Wednesday, June 13, between 9 am and 4 pm at the Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest Health Center located at 130 East Redoubt Avenue. Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome. Appointments can be made by calling (907) 262-2622.
Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest is the region’s leading sexual and reproductive health care provider and advocate. We believe everyone has the right to choose when or whether to have a child, and that every child should be wanted and loved. Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest operates 28 health centers in Alaska, Idaho, and western Washington, providing medical services and sexuality education for thousands of women, men, and teenagers each year. Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest is a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization. We rely heavily on support from donors to help sustain responsible reproduction.