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September 24, 2018

Cancer Services Program Creates Human Pink Ribbon


FULTON, NY – Oswego County Opportunities’ Cancer Services Program Partnership wrapped up their Breast Cancer Awareness month activities by creating its sixth annual human pink ribbon in Oswego County.

More than 60 community members gathered at the Fulton Medical Building dressed in pink to form a human pink ribbon in recognition of October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Cancer Services Program provides free breast, cervical and colon cancer screenings to uninsured Oswego County residents aged 40-64.

More than 60 community members gathered at the Fulton Medical Building dressed in pink to form a human pink ribbon in recognition of October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Cancer Services Program provides free breast, cervical and colon cancer screenings to uninsured Oswego County residents aged 40-64.

More than 60 people, dressed in pink, gathered in the parking lot of the Fulton Medical Office Building to form a human pink ribbon in recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The human pink ribbon was the high point of a morning-long celebration for breast cancer awareness month.

Hosted by OCO’s Cancer Services Program the event featured information from a variety of health care providers and offered the opportunity for uninsured individuals to register for free mammograms and other free cancer screenings.

“It was great,” said program manager, Carolyn Handville. “We were very pleased with the turnout. I’m happy to accomplish our goals and raise awareness and educate our community about breast cancer! More importantly, I am happy to coordinate breast cancer screenings during nontraditional work hours so folks have an added opportunity to receive cancer screenings that are so vital to their health. We registered dozens of new clients into our program and I am happy to say we will continue providing free mammograms and other cancer screenings throughout the year. A very special thank you to everyone at the Futon Medical Center, the many health care providers and vendors that participated in the event, and the community members that put on their pink and helped us to form our 6th annual human pink ribbon.”

In addition to mammograms and clinical breast exams OCO’s Cancer Services Program offers a number of other cancer screening services including: pap/pelvic exams, and colorectal cancer screenings for men and women.

These screenings, which are available free of charge for uninsured men and women between the ages of 40 and 64, play an important part in maintaining good health.

“We all know someone, whether a family member or a friend, who has experienced this terrible disease.  We want to spread the word that OCO’s Cancer Services Program is here to help,” added Handville.

For more information on OCO’s Cancer Services Program contact Handville at 315-592-0830.

OCO is a private, non-profit agency that has been supporting communities throughout Oswego County since 1966. A member agency of the United Way of Greater Oswego County, OCO provides more than 50 vital services throughout 80 separate locations.

For more information, visit www.oco.org

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