Carolyn Handville to Head OCO’s Cancer Services Program

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Carolyn Handville

Director of Oswego County Opportunities’ Health Division, Ellen Holst has announced that Carolyn Handville has been promoted to the position of coordinator of OCO’s Cancer Services Program Partnership of Oswego County.

“Carolyn has demonstrated a high level of professionalism throughout her career at OCO.  Her thoroughness and attention to detail will serve her well in this position.  She enjoys people and her willingness to help others will be truly appreciated by our clients,” said Holst.  “Carolyn is a perfect fit for this position as she will provide caring assistance and support to those women and men in Oswego County who do not have insurance access and need screening, diagnosis and possibly treatment for possible breast, cervical and colorectal cancer.”

Since joining OCO in 2001 as a part-time medical receptionist, Handville has advanced through OCO’s Health Division and served as a Health Educator with OCO’s Family Planning Program for the past three years.  Her appreciation of the services the cancer program offers and her willingness to help others inspired her to seek her new position.

“Cancer touches so many people’s lives.  This is a great program to be a part of as I will be able to help those who are uninsured or under-insured and find them the healthcare they need.  I am passionate about the services that are offered through this program as it not only includes screenings but also provides the treatments they need as well,” explained Handville.

Services offered through OCO’s Cancer Services Program include:

-          Clinical Breast Exams and Mammograms

-          Colorectal Screening Kits

-          Pap and Pelvic Exams

-          Education on Breast, Colorectal and Cervical Health

-          The availability of HPV Vaccine for women 19 – 26

Handville added that the program also offers patients the Medicaid Cancer Treatment Program that covers virtually everything for patients that are diagnosed with breast, cervical, colorectal or prostate cancer and meet the program requirements, including radiation and chemotherapy treatments.

As coordinator, Handville will oversee the daily operation of the program and maintain and expand a partnership of health care providers, and community-based agencies schedule patients for screenings, and continue to raise the community’s awareness of the program.

“One of my primary goals is to reach out to the community and educate them about the importance of cancer screenings, the benefits of early detection, and the many services that this program has available for them, said Handville. “I have initiated a number of community out reach events such as; visiting senior sites where I provide lessons on how to correctly do a self breast exam using breast models so that they experience what a lump would feel like.  I also, upon request, visit businesses and organizations who are hosting on-site resource and health fairs so that I can educate their employees about the importance of cancer screenings and the services that we offer.”

As for her future goals, Handville noted the importance of recruiting a breast surgeon in Oswego County and encouraging patients to receive all three cancer screenings that are available.  “Currently the only breast surgeon who is a medical provider for our program is in Syracuse.  Since transportation is often an issue it would be much more convenient to have a participating breast surgeon located in Oswego County.  I also want to stress to our patients that early detection and treatment can greatly enhance the chances for survival.  We offer breast exams, colorectal screening kits, and pap and pelvic exams at all of our screening sites and I would like to see people take advantage of all of these screenings when they are there.”

With the arrival of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, Handville has been busy coordinating additional days for free breast cancer screenings at sites throughout Oswego County.  While screenings are available at these sites on specific dates and times each month, additional dates have been added for the month of October to make it even easier for women to receive the clinical breast exams and mammograms that they need.  The expanded schedule for October is as follows:

-          Friday, October 10th and Friday, October 24th from 8a – 4p at A. L. Lee Memorial Hospital in Fulton.

-          Thursday, October 9th from 9a – 4p at the Pulaski Health Center (NOCHSI) in Pulaski,

-          Wednesday, October 8th and Thursday, October 16th from 8a – 4p at the Oswego Hospital, 126 West Sixth Street in Oswego

-          Tuesday, October 7th, 14th, and 28th from 1 – 4p; by appointment at AMI in Fulton.

“Putting these screenings off today, could affect your life tomorrow, said Handville.  I encourage women to call 592-7877 ext. 228, today to take advantage of these free screenings and make your appointment today!”

“I truly appreciate the importance of this program.  We will serve more than 700 community members this year alone.  I look forward to seeing that number increase next year by inspiring people to take charge of their health and receive the cancer screenings they need on a regular basis,” added Handville.

For more information, or to make an appointment for a mammogram, you may contact OCO’s Cancer Services Program Partnership of Oswego County at 592-7877, ext. 228.

OCO Inc. is a private, non-profit agency that has been supporting communities throughout Oswego County since 1966.  OCO, Inc. is a United Way of Greater Oswego county Member Agency.  For more information on OCO visit their web site at