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It’s OCTOBER! Which means pumpkin spice lattes, boot season and... thinking about your breast health.

October is breast cancer awareness month, and here at Planned Parenthood of Nassau County (PPNC), we are proud to provide nearly 4,000 breast exams a year at our three health centers in Hempstead, Glen Cove and Massapequa.

Every year, PPNC’s clinical staff provides our thousands of patients with a variety of preventive services – such as breast exams! These screenings are a part of what’s known as a “well-woman visit”, where our clinicians discuss and check up on all facets of your reproductive health, including conducting a preventive pelvic exam, pap test and, as we mentioned before, breast exam.

In fact, breast exams are one of the most important parts of a woman’s annual visit, as they can detect lumps or other changes in the breast that might require more testing. After our clinicians perform a breast exam, if anything seems irregular, we connect the patient to one of our partner providers for a mammogram.

In addition to the high-quality care we provide in our health centers, PPNC is also proud to work with community partners to fight breast cancer through preventive education, health care provision and patient navigation. For example, 20 years ago, recognizing the disproportionate rates of breast cancer mortality among women of color on Long Island, PPNC led the effort to partner with the Adelphi Breast Cancer Program and establish Sisters United in Health (Sisters).

Today, Sisters is a critical resource that works to combat the high incidences of breast cancer through culturally-sensitive and multilingual breast health education workshops and outreach across Long Island. Sisters also facilitates access to free or low-cost mammograms through partnerships with other health care providers, and offers treatment navigation for women diagnosed with breast cancer.

The amazing work that PPNC does through its relationships with Sisters has been recognized by the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Earlier this year, the foundation awarded PPNC with the 2018 Community Impact and Innovation Award, in recognition of the more than 100,000 women whose lives have been touched by the efforts of this initiative.

If you are in need of free or low-cost mammograms, we can help. To learn more or to find a local provider, one can call the SUIH hotline number at 1-800-877-8077.

Callers can also learn about attending informational workshops. Topics include: breast health; breast health education; nutrition; empowering women; accessing resources; and recognizing the signs and symptoms of breast cancer.

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