OSWEGO, NY – In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Oswego County Opportunities Cancer Services Program has partnered with Pulaski Health Center and Oswego Health to raise awareness of breast cancer in Oswego County and encourage community members to receive the cancer screenings they need.
Carolyn Handville, coordinator for the OCO Cancer Services Program Partnership, has made appearances throughout the community disseminating information on the free clinical breast exams, mammograms and other free cancer screenings including pap/pelvic exams and colorectal cancer screenings that are offered through the CSPP.
“Our goal continues to be to raise awareness and register eligible community members who are both uninsured and between 40 and 64 years of age into the program to obtain their free screenings. October provides added opportunity for the Cancer Services Program to promote the services offered through the program while everyone is thinking about breast cancer and to support the many community members in Oswego County that have been affected by this disease,” said Handville.
The Cancer Services Program and the Pulaski Health Center’s efforts to raise awareness of breast cancer will culminate on October 25 when they form the fifth annual Human Pink Ribbon in Oswego County.
Handville is asking community members to get their pink on and join them at 11 a.m. at the Pulaski Health Center, 61 Delano St. in Pulaski.
“We’re excited about our fifth annual Human Pink Ribbon,” said Handville. “Each year our Human Pink Ribbon has increased in size and we cannot wait to meet and greet participants this year! Free drawings and refreshments will be provided courtesy of local sponsors and the Cancer Services Program. Additional health care and human service representatives will be offering their information to attendees, and for the first time, providers from Oswego Health will be on-site performing free clinical breast exams and mammograms. To schedule an appointment, please call 592-0830. It is a must-attend ceremony for our community,” added Handville.
The Cancer Services Program’s Pink Ribbon Ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. at the Pulaski Health Center.
There will be free refreshments and drawings for door prizes.
The formation of the Human Pink Ribbon will take place at 11:30 a.m.
“I invite community members to join us as we support men and women throughout the county that have been affected by this disease, raise awareness of breast cancer in Oswego County and spread the word of the importance of regular cancer screenings,” Handville said.
For more information on the Human Pink Ribbon celebration or the OCO Cancer Services Program Partnership, call Handville at 315-592-0830.
OCO, Inc 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