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OCO Cancer Services Program Secures Funding

FULTON, NY – One of Oswego County Opportunities’ most vital health programs, the Cancer Services Program Partnership received some good news recently when it was notified that the program has secured funding for the next five years.

OCO’s Cancer Services Program Partnership recently secured a five-year grant that will allow the program to continue to provide free cancer screenings including clinical breast exams, mammograms, pap/pelvic exams and colon cancer screenings. Pictured are Diane Oldenburg (left), senior health educator with the Oswego County Health Department and Cancer Services Program Partner and Cancer Services Program Coordinator, Carolyn Handville.
OCO’s Cancer Services Program Partnership recently secured a five-year grant that will allow the program to continue to provide free cancer screenings including clinical breast exams, mammograms, pap/pelvic exams and colon cancer screenings. Pictured are Diane Oldenburg (left), senior health educator with the Oswego County Health Department and Cancer Services Program Partner and Cancer Services Program Coordinator, Carolyn Handville.

The Cancer Services Program provides uninsured men and women aged 40-64 with a range of cancer screenings including: Clinical Breast Exams, Mammograms, Pap/Pelvic Exams, and Colorectal Cancer Screenings. The funding announcement ensures that the program will continue offering these services to uninsured men and women aged 40-64.

In addition to the NYS DOH funding, Program Coordinator Carolyn Handville announced that the Cancer Services Program also secured a grant from the Susan G. Komen foundation of CNY.

According to Handville, the NYSDOH grant, coupled with the Komen grant, will allow the Cancer Services program to screen more women for breast cancer, regardless of age, and assist with eliminating all barriers women may face to obtain their annual cancer screenings.

“We are excited to continue our efforts in the fight against cancer in Oswego County. We will offer free screenings all year long as we have in the past; however, our new funding will make it possible for us to host four screening events throughout the county.  These screening events will offer a ‘one-stop shop’ for women to obtain their annual cancer screenings along with non-traditional appointment hours as well as transportation and daycare opportunities as needed. We will increase our outreach throughout the county promoting these events and, once again, conduct our annual Human Pink Ribbon Campaign in honor of breast cancer awareness month in October,” said Handville.

The primary goal 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.

“When it comes to winning the fight against cancer, early detection is the best protection.  Regular cancer screenings make a difference. To date, more than 250 individuals have received free cancer screenings, with 75% of those receiving all cancer screenings they were eligible for.  I cannot stress enough the importance of having regular cancer screenings. Early detection can save lives,” said Handville. “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.”

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