Planned Parenthood of Illinois is addressing these barriers through its expanded breast health work, with an emphasis on several key program areas:
- When Planned Parenthood doctors and clinicians identify potential breast abnormalities in patients, they refer patients to their partners for diagnostic testing. As part of this expanded program, Planned Parenthood of Illinois was awarded a $25,000 grant from Planned Parenthood Federation of America to help cover some of the costs associated with follow-up care.
- Digital breast health educational resources to be specifically designed for and targeted to women ages 18-39.
- A unique tool to be specially designed for Planned Parenthood doctors and clinicians to assess breast cancer risk in patients — including those under 40. While breast cancer is rare among women under the age 40, when younger women are diagnosed they are more likely to be have a more aggressive form of breast cancer, making them more likely to be diagnosed at a later stage and less likely to survive the disease. The new tool made possible by the breast health initiative will be specifically designed to help Planned Parenthood health care professionals better assess breast cancer risk in patients — including those under 40.
Planned Parenthood of Illinois (PPIL) provides affordably-priced, high-quality reproductive health care services to women and families throughout Illinois. Through health care services, educational programs and advocacy efforts, PPIL works to ensure and protect the reproductive rights of each individual. For more information, visit www.ppil.org.
August 20, 2012