Planned Parenthood Offers Free Breast Screening on Oct 12 and 22 in Boise

Breast health partnership with Susan G. Komen for the Cure

continues to benefit Idaho women on October 12th and 22nd


Kristen Glundberg-Prossor


Published: 10.05.12| Updated: 10.05.12

BOISE—Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and Susan G. Komen for the Cure are working together again to offer two days of free breast cancer screening at the Planned Parenthood Health Center in Boise.  The first screening will take place on Friday, October 12, 2012, between 8 am and noon; the second screening will be on Monday, October 22, 2012, between 1 pm and 5 pm.  Vouchers for mammograms will be made available to assist women needing additional screenings beyond their initial exam.

“Early detection saves lives,” said Rebecca Poedy, Chief Operating Officer for Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest. “Komen funding enables us to provide necessary screening for women who would otherwise not have access or be able to afford it.  That’s the power of our partnership.  Planned Parenthood is gratified that we can continue to work with Susan G. Komen for the Cure to save women’s lives.” 

Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest is encouraging Idaho women to take control of their breast health during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. 

Clinical breast exams are the first line of defense for providers in detecting breast cancer in most women.  Last year, PPGNW doctors and nurses provided over 15,440 breast exams across the Northwest.  Like most ob/gyns and primary care physicians, if a Planned Parenthood provider finds an abnormality during an exam, the patient is referred to a breast specialist for further examination, which may include diagnostic tests, like an ultrasound or biopsy.

Health care disparities continue to be a problem in Idaho.  Studies show Hispanic Americans tend not to get screened for common cancers, such as breast cancer, as regularly as non-Hispanic whites.  And Hispanic women are 20 percent more likely to die from breast cancer when compared to non-Hispanic non-Hispanic white women when diagnosed at a similar age and stage.

Committed to reducing these disparities, Planned Parenthood education programs reach thousands of Latinas every year in communities across the Northwest, raising awareness of the importance of screening and preventive care. 

Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among Latinas, and improving health outcomes starts with educating women and their families about the risk of ignoring potential problems,” said Anna Kaminski, Medical Director at PPGNW.  “Latinas are sometimes reluctant to seek care due to a language barrier or lack of insurance.  Planned Parenthood educators are speaking with Latinas in their communities about the importance of screening and connecting women to health care services, helping them take control of their health.”

One in five women in the Northwest has turned to Planned Parenthood at some point in her life for health care. 

The free screenings will be offered on Friday, October 12, 2012, between 8 am and noon, and again on Monday, October 22, 2012, between 1 and 5 pm at the Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest Health Center located at 3668 N. Harbor Lane and State Street.  Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome. 

To make an appointment call 208-376-9300 or visit


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.

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