Written by: John DeRousie, Custom Marketing Solutions
OSWEGO, NY – Thanks to the efforts of the Cancer Services Program of Oswego County, individuals who are uninsured or under-insured have the opportunity to receive, free of charge, the potentially life-saving cancer screenings they need.
Administered through Oswego County Opportunities, the Cancer Services Program offers a number of cancer screening services including: Clinical Breast Exams, Mammograms, Pap/Pelvic Exams, and Colorectal Cancer Screenings for men and women. These screenings are available year round and play an important part in maintaining good health.
“When it comes to winning the fight against cancer, early detection is the best protection,” said Carolyn Handville, coordinator of the Cancer Services Program. “In recent years the annual cancer incident rates in Oswego County have increased more than 10%. In Oswego County five individuals die each week of cancer, and another 13 individuals are diagnosed with cancer each week. While these numbers are alarming, the good news is, we can do something about it!”
Handville added that while the number of cancer cases has increased, mortality rates continue to decline.
“Regular cancer screenings make a difference. I cannot stress enough the importance of receiving regular cancer screenings. Early detection can save lives!” said Handville.
Through the Cancer Services Program, eligible Oswego County residents can receive the cancer screenings they need, free of charge, year round.
“We have done an excellent job increasing the public’s awareness of National Breast Cancer month and National Colon Cancer month. However, we want to stress that these screenings and more are available year round. There is no reason for individuals to prolong or neglect their opportunity to receive free cancer screenings on a regular basis as needed,” said Handville.
One of the goals of the Cancer Services Program is to ensure that every Oswego County resident who is eligible receives the free cancer screenings that they require. While the program has served hundreds of county residents, there are many more eligible individuals who have yet to take advantage of the free cancer screenings that the program offers.
“I invite everyone in the community to help us spread the word so that those individuals that are eligible and have not received screenings are encouraged to contact us 315-592-0830 for more information and to schedule an appointment for their free cancer screenings,” said Handville.
Funded by the NYS Department of Health, OCO’s Cancer Services Program provides free cancer screenings including clinical breast exams, mammograms, pap/pelvic exams and colon cancer screenings to uninsured or underinsured women ages 40 to 64, uninsured men ages 50 to 64 and uninsured or underinsured women under 40 years of age who are at risk of, or has had a clinically significant finding for breast cancer.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 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