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OCO Teams With Pharmacies to Promote Free Cancer Screenings

Written by: John DeRousie, Custom Marketing Solutions
Fulton, NY – Oswego County Opportunities’ Cancer Services Program Partnership is inviting pharmacies throughout Oswego County to join them in their effort to raise awareness of the free cancer screenings that are available through the program.

Mark Toscano, supervising pharmacist with Kinney Drugs, South First Street in Fulton, accepts materials regarding free cancer screenings that are available through OCO’s Cancer Services Program Partnership from program manager  Carolyn Handville.
Mark Toscano, supervising pharmacist with Kinney Drugs, South First Street in Fulton, accepts materials regarding free cancer screenings that are available through OCO’s Cancer Services Program Partnership from program manager Carolyn Handville.

According to the American Cancer Society, in Oswego County 13 individuals are diagnosed with cancer every week and 5 individuals will lose their battle to cancer weekly.  The Cancer Services Program Partnership of Oswego County provides free cancer screenings including clinical breast exams, mammograms, pap/pelvic exams and colorectal cancer screenings to community members who are both uninsured and between 40 and 64 years of age.

Carolyn Handville, coordinator of the Cancer Services Program Partnership, said the program is currently recruiting pharmacists to lend their support to the fight against cancer by informing their customers about OCO’s Cancer Services Program Partnership and the many cancer screenings that it offers.

“Pharmacists serve on the front line. Every day they are listening to our community members’ concerns and offering them resources that may help them in their current situations.  By having pharmacists use the CSPP as a resource they will help educate their uninsured customers age 40 – 64 on how they may receive possible life-saving cancer screenings free of charge.  Working together we can inform a larger number community members of the cancer screenings that are available through the CSPP,” said Handville.

OCO’s Cancer Services Program Partnership is providing participating pharmacists with program cards detailing the cancer screenings the program offers to disseminate to their customers as well as free tote bags and other items to thank them for their admirable comittment to their customers.

“I encourage all Oswego County pharmacists to join us in our fight against cancer and partner with us to improve the quality of life and create stronger, more successful communities. We do not want any man or woman delaying completion of their annual cancer screenings due to a lack of health insurance coverage.  Working together we can spread the word about this wonderful program and improve the overall wellness of our community,” added Handville.

For more information on OCO’s Cancer Services Program Partnership or to sign on as a participating pharmacist, please contact Handville at 315-592-0830.