(New Haven, Conn.) –
September is both National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and Gynecologic
Cancer Awareness Month and Planned Parenthood of Southern New England (PPSNE)
encourages women of all ages to schedule a preventive health screening.
“As a nurse-midwife, I know firsthand from my experience
treating patients the important role Pap tests and cancer screenings play in
keeping women healthy,” said Amanda Skinner, President and CEO of Planned
Parenthood of Southern New England. “Our health care providers are experts at
women’s health and are here to offer the information and high-quality services
people need to maintain a healthy lifestyle whether or not they have insurance.
It’s what we do.”
About 22,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each
year in the U.S., and approximately 14,000 will die from the disease.
Additionally, about 12,800 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year
and around 4,200 will die from the disease. The Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC) released data showing that while cervical cancer screenings
have been proven to save lives, about eight million women ages 21 to 65 have
not been screened for cervical cancer between 2007 and 2012.
“Women should talk with their health care providers to see
how often they should be screened. We are here to clear up any confusion about
when you – or someone you love – is due for a check-up. Preventive health
screenings are important and can help detect cancer early,” said Skinner.
“Under the Affordable Care Act more people than ever before have access to
routine exams and preventive cancer screenings which are covered by insurance
and without a copay.”
A Pap test is recommended at age 21, and then again every
three years for both women and transgender men. Pap tests allow health care
providers to find precancerous cell changes and treat them before cancer
Every year, more than 72,000 women, men and young people
rely on Planned Parenthood of Southern New England for convenient and
high-quality care. More than 90 percent of services are preventive – including
lifesaving breast and cervical cancer screenings, testing and treatment for
sexually transmitted infections, birth control and well woman check-ups. For
convenience online, walk-in, and same day appointments are available. To make
an appointment or for more information, visit ppsne.org or call 1 (800)