Program Aims to Help More Women Catch Breast Cancer Sooner, Particularly Younger Women and People of Color
[HEMPSTEAD] -- Planned Parenthood Federation of America announced that it is expanding education, outreach and services for breast health to patients across the country. The expansion is a result of the outpouring of donations from the public after the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation stopped providing grants to Planned Parenthood because of intense pressure from political groups and then quickly reversed course earlier this year.
Nationwide, Planned Parenthood health centers provide breast cancer screening for nearly 750,000 women each year. The expanded breast health program will give more women access to lifesaving cancer screenings, diagnostic services, and educational resources to help them identify potential breast health issues early, and make the best decisions about their health care. Specifically, the initiative will allow Planned Parenthood to:
- Expand its reach to communities of color by enhancing outreach and education programs specifically designed to reach Latinas nationwide.
- Cover the costs of specialized diagnostic follow-up care for more women who need it but who can't afford it. These tests are critical in detecting breast cancer early.
- Provide a new and unique tool for Planned Parenthood doctors and nurses to better assess breast cancer risk in patients -- including those under 40.
Locally, Planned Parenthood of Nassau County (PPNC) is a trusted provider of breast cancer screening for low-income, at-risk women, and provides more than 4,200 breast exams to women in our community annually.
In addition, PPNC receives a grant from the local Komen affiliate, Komen Greater NYC, to underwrite Sisters United in Health, a coalition that provides lifesaving breast health education and referrals for cancer screenings to thousands of low-income, medically underserved women of color on Long Island.
"Planned Parenthood is committed to removing the barriers that stand in the way of women getting screened for breast cancer," said JoAnn D. Smith, President & CEO of PPNC. "We help women access breast health services here in our community by providing affordable breast exams in our health centers and through Sisters United in Health. And now, more patients across the country will receive vital screenings and follow-up care."
Planned Parenthood is a critical resource for women in the fight to detect breast cancer early. One in five women has turned to Planned Parenthood at some time in her life for health care, and more than 13,000 people here in Nassau County rely on Planned Parenthood for essential services-- including clinical breast exams that can help detect breast cancer early.
Planned Parenthood of Nassau County (PPNC) is one of 79 affiliates of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and operates 3 health centers in Hempstead, Glen Cove and Massapequa. In 2011, PPNC provided preventive health services to more than 13,000 patients during 23,000 visits. We conducted education workshops, street outreach and prevention programs to over 36,000 community members, and mobilized 7,500 advocates to protect reproductive health care rights. PPNC has served the community for 79 years, and is dedicated to educating and empowering individuals to make responsible choices regarding their sexuality and sexual health. For more information about PPNC's services and programs, visit www.ppnc.org.