Planned Parenthood Recognizes National Cervical Cancer Awareness Month by Urging Women to Get Regular Checkups


Megan Cuilla
Marketing & Communications Coordinator
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Published: 01.26.12| Updated: 01.26.12

EASTERN WASHINGTONAs part of National Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho (PPGWNI) is urging women to get screened for cervical cancer.


Every year in the U.S., approximately 13,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and about 4,000 women die of the disease. Latinas and African-American women are at higher risk for developing and dying of cervical cancer because they are less likely to have access to early screening and treatment. Worldwide, cervical cancer is the third most common cancer among women and the fourth leading cause of cancer deaths among women.


PPGWNI’s nine health centers throughout Eastern Washington offer routine cervical cancer screenings. In 2010, PPGWNI administered nearly 9,000 cervical cancer screenings and identified more than 1,000 women as being at risk for cervical cancer. In the same year, PPGWNI gave away more than $1.2 million in uncompensated care.


“PPGWNI provides an essential service to women in our communities who have limited access to cervical cancer screenings,” said Karl Eastlund, President & CEO of PPGWNI. “Planned Parenthood is the only source of health care for many women.”


“With so many people struggling to make ends meet, now is not the time to make more cuts to family planning services,” said Eastlund. “In the last three years, eight family planning clinics across Washington have had to close their doors due to budget cuts. Many of these clinics served rural, low-income patients for whom travel to the next nearest clinic is difficult or impossible.” Governor Gregoire’s proposed 2012-2013 budget includes $1.8 million in cuts to funding that provides vital family planning services, including cervical cancer screenings, to low-income women.


As the region’s most trusted provider of women’s health care, more than 36,000 patients annually depend on PPGWNI for quality, affordable health care. One in five women has turned to Planned Parenthood at some point in her life for professional, nonjudgmental, and confidential care.


PPGWNI is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization with health centers located in Ellensburg, Kennewick, Pasco, Pullman, Spokane, Spokane Valley, Sunnyside, Walla Walla, and Yakima. PPGWNI exists to provide exceptional reproductive and complementary health care services, honest education, and fearless advocacy for all. Call 1-866-904-7721 or visit for more information.

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