Planned Parenthood expands breast health program

8/23/2012, 4:11 p.m.

The Lance Armstrong Foundation is a key partner in Planned Parenthood's breast health initiative. "As an organization dedicated to serving people affected by cancer, the Lance Armstrong Foundation understands the critical role of early detection in saving lives," said Doug Ulman, president and CEO of the Lance Armstrong Foundation. "We're celebrating that Planned Parenthood will be able to provide even more women with cancer screening services. We're grateful that women diagnosed with cancer will be seamlessly connected to our free, bilingual LIVESTRONG Cancer Navigation services so that we can help them through the financial, emotional and physical challenges they may face."

Planned Parenthood's breast health initiative will also expand the breast health education provided through its Promotores community health worker program, which reaches thousands of Latinas every year in 16 communities, educating women and their families about reproductive health issues, connecting them to Planned Parenthood health centers for health care services and helping them navigate the complicated health care system when follow-up care is needed.

"Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among Hispanic women. The more Planned Parenthood Promotores can reach Latinas in communities and connect them to breast health services, the more we can start to reduce the rates of breast cancer deaths among Latinas," said Richards.

One in five women in America has turned to Planned Parenthood at some point in her life for health care. A critical resource for women in the fight to detect breast cancer, Planned Parenthood health centers nationwide perform nearly 750,000 breast cancer screenings each year. Forty-seven Planned Parenthood affiliates will be providing expanded breast health services.

To learn more, visit plannedparenthood.org/breast-health.