BOSTON– Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts (PPLM) is grateful that the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation has clarified its grantmaking criteria and will continue to support lifesaving breast cancer screenings and education at Planned Parenthood health centers across the country. Although PPLM is not directly affected by this decision, they have received an outpouring of support for women in need of lifesaving breast cancer screening this week.
“These past few days have demonstrated that people are committed to fighting breast cancer and they recognize Planned Parenthood plays a critical role in that fight,” said Dianne Luby, President/CEO of PPLM. “Women have told us over and over again how important early detection is and the difference Planned Parenthood has made in their lives. Today is a great day for all who support women’s health.”
PPLM is a trusted provider of early cancer detection, including breast cancer and cervical cancer screening, as well as a wide range of preventive services for individuals in Massachusetts. In particular, PPLM often serves as an entry point into the health care system for people who may not otherwise access the information and care they need to stay healthy.
Planned Parenthood has helped the Komen Foundation reach vulnerable populations — low-income women, African-American women, and Latinas — especially in rural areas and underserved communities where Planned Parenthood health centers are their only source of health care. With Komen Foundation grants, over the past five years, Planned Parenthood health centers provided nearly 170,000 clinical breast exams and more than 6,400 mammogram referrals. With the outpouring of support over the past week, even more women in need will receive lifesaving breast cancer care.
Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts is the largest freestanding reproductive health care provider in the state. For over 80 years PPLM has protected and promoted sexual and reproductive health and freedom of choice through clinical services, education and advocacy. For more information, visit www.pplm.org.