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Breast Cancer Screenings

Breast Cancer Screenings at a Glance

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.

Breast cancer is a serious health concern. After skin cancer, it's the most common type of cancer in American women. About 230,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year in the U.S. and 40,000 women will die from it.

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

Some women may put off breast cancer screenings. They may be afraid of being diagnosed with breast cancer, they might not know they should be screened, they may have a hard time finding the right health care provider, or they may have concerns about the exams. It's important not to let these fears and concerns get in the way of your health.

"I almost ignored the lump. How serious could it have been? I was 27 and had no family history of any kind of cancer. Then I remembered Planned Parenthood .... Since I had no income at all, and dwindling savings, this was a great option for me. I didn't have to decide between breast care and rent. ... There is no doubt in my mind that Planned Parenthood saved my life." - Colleen L., Loudonville, NY 

Planned Parenthood doctors and nurses teach patients about breast care, connect patients to resources to help them get vital biopsies, ultrasounds, and mammograms, and follow up to make sure patients are cared for with the attention they need and deserve.

Watch this video to find out about the importance of breast health care and what you can expect during a clinical breast exam at a Planned Parenthood health center.

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Breast Cancer Screenings