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Breast Health Initiative

If you have concerns about breast cancer, we're here to help. Watch this video for answers to your questions about changes in your breasts:


Hear from Planned Parenthood patients about how Planned Parenthood helped them get the care they needed to detect breast cancer early:

One woman in eight will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.

Next to skin cancer, breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in women. And while the risk of developing breast cancer increases with age, there’s no such thing as being too young for breast cancer.

Breast cancer can affect all of us, regardless of our age, ethnicity, income level, and sexual orientation. That’s why it’s so important for all women to have access to breast cancer screenings and educational resources.

How can I take control of my breast health?

Breast cancer screenings help detect breast cancer in its earliest, most treatable stage. More than nine out of 10 women who detect breast cancer early live at least five years — and many live much longer. These breast cancer detection tools can save lives:

  • Regular clinical breast exams can detect breast cancer early. Wo men in their 20s and 30s should get clinical breast exams every one to three years, and women older than 40 should get yearly exams.
  • Yearly mammograms after age 40 are also an important tool in early detection. Mammograms help find growths that are too small to be felt during a breast exam.

How does Planned Parenthood help women detect breast cancer early? 

As the nation’s leading women’s health care provider and advocate, Planned Parenthood is a critical resource for women in the fight to detect breast cancer early. Planned Parenthood health centers perform nearly 750,000 breast cancer screenings each year, and one in five women has turned to Planned Parenthood for health care at some point in her life. Planned Parenthood doctors and nurses offer clinical breast exams at Planned Parenthood health centers nationwide. And like most primary care physicians and ob/gyns, we refer our patients to other facilities for mammograms.

And thanks to the outpouring of support from donors nationwide, we are significantly expanding our services across the country to help more women detect breast cancer early.

What is Planned Parenthood’s expanded breast health initiative?

A message from Cecile Richards about Planned Parenthood’s breast health initiative:

Planned Parenthood’s expanded breast health program will give more women access to lifesaving screenings, diagnostic services, and educational resources. We are striving to reach more women with more services — focusing in particular on screening and diagnostic services for younger women and Latinas. Ninety-four percent of Planned Parenthood patients are under the age of 40 — so Planned Parenthood doctors and nurses are at the forefront when it comes to reaching younger women with health care services.

Clinical breast exams are provided at Planned Parenthood health centers nationwide. The expanded breast health program will provide additional funding for Planned Parenthood clinicians to give referrals and grants for specialized follow-up care, like ultrasounds and biopsies for women in need.

The services and programs expanded through this initiative include

  • grants for specialized follow up services, like diagnostic mammograms, ultrasounds, or biopsies
  • digital breast health educational resources specifically designed for women aged 18-39
  • an expanded promotores educational and outreach program to reach Latinas
  • a unique training tool designed for Planned Parenthood doctors and nurses to assess breast cancer risk in patients — including those under age 40

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