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Join The Fight Against Cancer

To The Editor
Oswego County Opportunities Cancer Services Program of Oswego County applauds the recent legislation passed by New York State designed to help more women access breast cancer screening.

The legislation includes the elimination of patient cost sharing for screening mammograms and requires hospitals and clinics to expand their screening hours.

Our program stands ready to do our part to increase breast cancer screening locally by helping eligible women with no insurance get free mammograms.

Since our program began, we have helped hundreds of woman and men get the cancer screening they need.

If cancer is found, we can also help with enrollment in the NYS Medicaid Cancer Treatment Program to receive full Medicaid coverage during cancer treatment.

All it takes is a call to 315-592-0830.

About 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.

That means that 1 out of every 8 of your female readers could be at risk for breast cancer.

These women are wives, mothers, sisters, and friends who are loved and needed.

We encourage your readers to talk to their doctors about their risk for breast cancer and when to begin screening.

The most current guidelines from the United States Preventive Services Task Force suggest women ages 50 to 74 years old should have a screening mammogram every two years.

Women ages 40–49 years old are encouraged to talk to their health care providers about when and how often they should have screening mammograms.

A woman, who has a high risk for breast cancer, as determined by a doctor, may need to begin screening earlier.

Bottom line: regular screening is key to early detection and early treatment, and early treatment just may save a life.

Call us at 315-592-0830.

Carolyn Handville
Program Manager
OCO Cancers Services Program