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Cancer Services Program Kicks Off Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Written by: John DeRousie, Custom Marketing Solutions
Fulton, NY – Statistics show that 1 in every 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.  For Oswego County Opportunities’ Cancer Services Program Partnership that is an unacceptable number, and one they are dedicated to reducing in Oswego County.

Carolyn Handville (left), program manager for OCO’s Cancer Services Program Partnership, and Jeanne Farrell (right), program assistant, welcome Jan Rebeor of Fulton as the guest speaker for the program’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month kickoff luncheon.
Carolyn Handville (left), program manager for OCO’s Cancer Services Program Partnership, and Jeanne Farrell (right), program assistant, welcome Jan Rebeor of Fulton as the guest speaker for the program’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month kickoff luncheon.

In recognition of October being National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Cancer Services Program kicked off a month long crusade aimed at increasing the importance of breast exams in the fight against breast cancer with a luncheon for Oswego County hair stylists.

Carolyn Handville, program manager for the Cancer Services Program, addressed salon owners and stylists and encouraged them to assist the CSPP in raising awareness of breast cancer and the free cancer screenings that are available through the program.

“Early detection is the best defense against breast and any other form of cancer,” said Handville. “As stylists, you visit with dozens of women each and every day. It provides you with an opportunity to speak openly about breast cancer and the importance of regular cancer screenings.”

Handville’s message truly caught the attention of those in attendance when she introduced guest speaker and breast cancer survivor, Jan Rebeor. Diagnosed with stage-3 breast cancer in 1999, Rebeor shared her poignant story.

“During my annual mammogram that year the doctor said that while there were no lumps there were some white spots that showed up on the exam. Following a biopsy, which came back positive, my journey in the fight against breast cancer began. Fortunately, thanks to early detection, chemotherapy, a successful mastectomy, and the love and support of my husband, family and friends, I am happy to stand before you today as a breast cancer survivor. I cannot stress enough the importance of regular cancer screenings. Early detection really can save lives.” she said.

The CSPP’s partnership with hair salons throughout Oswgo County is just one of the many ways that the program will utilize throughout October to raise awareness of breast cancer and the free cancer screening services that the CSPP offers.

Handville added that the programs efforts will culminate with a very special event.

“On October 27, we invite community members throughout Oswego County to get their pink on and join us at the Hannibal IGA, Route 3 in Hannibal, to help us create our third annual human pink ribbon! We wish to make this year’s ribbon our biggest ever and I look forward to welcoming hundreds of families and individuals willing to show their support for the battle against breast cancer in Oswego County,” said Handville.

Adminstered by OCO, the Cancer Services Program Partnership of Oswego County provides free cancer screenings including clinical breast exams, mammograms, pap/pelvic exams and colorectal cancer screenings to community members who are both uninsured and between 40 and 64 years of age.

For more information on the Cancer Services Program Partnership of Oswego County call Handville at 315-598-8030 or visit OCO’s website at www.oco.org

A private, non-profit agency, OCO’s many programs touch the lives of more than 30,000 Oswego County residents each year.

One of Oswego County’s largest employers, OCO employs more than 650 people and boasts a volunteer force of 1,200.

OCO strives to improve the quality of life in Oswego County by helping people, supporting communities and changing lives.

For more information, visit OCO’s website at www.oco.org