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New York, NY — Today, Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) and Refinery29 debuted a hilarious short film highlighting the importance of cancer screenings and preventive care. The film, Her Shorts: Cancer Screenings, features a woman concerned about something she feels in her breast, who enlists the women in her life for advice before deciding to get it checked out. Directed by Katherine Bernard,  the short underscores the need for preventive care, as well as the importance of community and accurate health information. It encourages viewers to check in with themselves and their loved ones about prioritizing their health.

The film is part of a partnership between Planned Parenthood and Refinery29 called Her Shorts, a series of short films told through a dramatic or comedic lens that focus on reproductive and sexual health issues.

You can watch the film here.

“We’re thrilled to co-produce this film with Refinery29. As the nation's leading provider of women's health care and advocacy, Planned Parenthood knows firsthand how important cancer screenings are, and we're here to help women get the information they need to stay healthy,” said Caren Spruch, director of arts and entertainment engagement at PPFA. “When it comes to screenings for breast and cervical cancer, spending a little time to prioritize yourself and take care of your health can make a big difference. Preventive care and early detection saves lives.”

"Our partnership with Planned Parenthood to create Her Shorts continues to have a meaningful impact. The film, directed by emerging female director Katherine Bernard, delivers a funny yet vital message about the importance of cancer screenings,” said Amy Emmerich, Chief Content Officer at Refinery29. “Refinery29 has an active and engaged audience, and it is our mission to create a dialogue with them around any and all topics that touch their lives, including women's health. Planned Parenthood is a great partner in helping us have these conversations and we are delighted to continue our work together.”

Planned Parenthood is here to clear up any confusion you or your loved ones might have on how to best take care of your health and body. We can explain the latest recommendations for Pap tests, the HPV vaccine, and breast exams. Planned Parenthood knows women’s health like no one else, and can help you understand your risks and unique recommendations for breast and cervical cancer prevention, based on the latest research and medical knowledge.

Women know cancer screenings are important, but being clear about the latest recommendations can be confusing. Taking the best possible care of yourself can sometimes feel stressful — but it doesn’t have to. If you’re confused, we’ve got you. Planned Parenthood health centers are here to provide expert, supportive, confidential care — no matter what.

Last year, Planned Parenthood health centers provided more than 635,000 cancer screenings, including breast exams and Pap tests, to patients across the country. For more information about cancer screenings or to find a health center near you, visit plannedparenthood.org.


Planned Parenthood is the nation's leading provider and advocate of high-quality, affordable health care for women, men, and young people, as well as the nation's largest provider of sex education. With approximately 700 health centers across the country, Planned Parenthood organizations serve all patients with care and compassion, with respect and without judgment. Through health centers, programs in schools and communities, and online resources, Planned Parenthood is a trusted source of reliable health information that allows people to make informed health decisions. We do all this because we care passionately about helping people lead healthier lives.


Planned Parenthood Federation of America


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March 07, 2016