New Haven, CT - October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Planned Parenthood of Southern New England (PPSNE) is urging women in Connecticut and Rhode Island to learn how they can become more aware of changes in their breasts, when to get checkups and screenings and how to communicate with their health care provider about breast health. This year, Breast Cancer Awareness Month coincides with the October 1 kickoff for enrollment in new health insurance plans under Obamacare, which will help millions more women get preventive care that can help detect breast cancer early.
Planned Parenthood is the nation’s leading women’s health care provider and advocate and promotes breast health and breast self-awareness among women of all ages. PPSNE provides women with education about their risk factors, clinical breast exams that can detect abnormalities and referrals for diagnostic services including mammography. In 2012, PPSNE provided breast cancer screenings to more than 19,000 patients in Connecticut and Rhode Island helping women stay in charge of their breast health.
“Breast exams are an important step in detecting potential breast health issues early. Regardless of age, it’s never too early for women to take charge of their own health. As the leading women’s health care provider in Connecticut and Rhode Island, we are proud to offer health care services to help women make the best decisions for their breast health,” said Judy Tabar President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Southern New England. “Thanks to Obamacare, millions more women will see an expansion of preventive services covered in their insurance plans — including breast exams.”
Please see attached for Planned Parenthood of Southern New England’s tips to help women detect breast cancer or abnormalities, and for video links on breast self-awareness in English and Spanish — part of the organization’s “Your breasts. Your health. Your move.” campaign during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.