FULTON, NY – In recognition of Cervical Health Awareness Month, Oswego County Opportunities will host an open house on January 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at its Reproductive Health Center in Fulton.
OCO’s open house will offer guests free cancer screenings, HPV vaccination for women and men age 18 to 26, free manicures, refreshments, door prizes, and drawings.
Guests will have the opportunity to tour OCO’s recently renovated suite in the Fulton Medical Office Building and meet OCO’s new provider, Kylie Lacey, FNP.
OCO’s health insurance navigators and health education staff will also be on hand to answer questions about health and insurance-related issues.
Cervical Health Awareness month is the perfect time to remind people that cervical cancer is preventable.
Regular Pap tests detect early stages of cervical cancer and allow for early treatment.
There is also a vaccine that protects against the HPV virus, which causes cervical cancer.
According to Mary Hitchcock, clinical nurse manager for OCO’s Reproductive Health Services Program, these precautions can have a tremendously positive impact.
“Regular Pap tests are very effective at catching cancer in its earliest stages and are recommended for women beginning at age 21. The HPV Vaccine prevents up to 70% of cervical cancers is recommended for women and men up to age 26. Both of these services are available through OCO’s Centers for Reproductive Health. We have sites conveniently located in Fulton, Oswego, Pulaski, Mexico and SUNY Oswego,” said Hitchcock.
“All women are at risk for cervical cancer,” said Carolyn Handville, coordinator of OCO’s Cancer Services Program. “It is especially important for women who have not had a Pap test within the past five years to get screened because 6 out of 10 cervical cancers occur in women who have never received a Pap test or have not had one in the past five years. It also is important to continue getting a Pap test, even if you think you are too old to have a child, or are not having sex anymore.”
Handville encourages women to talk with their health care provider to schedule a pelvic exam and Pap test today.
“If you are uninsured and 40-64 years of age call us at 592-0830 to schedule a free cervical cancer screening,” Handville said.
“We invite community members to join us at the open house to learn more about OCO’s Reproductive Health Services and Cancer Services Programs and how the services we offer can benefit themselves and the community,” said Hitchcock.
OCO’s open house will be held at the Fulton Medical Office Building, 522 S. Fourth St., Suite 500.
For more information on the event, contact the Fulton Center for Reproductive Health at 315-598-4740 or visit www.oro.org
Oswego County Opportunities, 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.