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OCO To Offer Free Mammograms During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

FULTON, NY – In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, women with limited or no health insurance will have the opportunity to receive free mammograms and breast exams during the month of October courtesy of Oswego County Opportunities’ Cancer Services Program Partnership.

The CSPP is funded by the NYS Department of Health and Susan G Komen for the Cure.

Having annual mammograms is an important part of maintaining good health.

The Radiology staffs at FMI in Fulton, the Pulaski Health Center and Oswego Health are gearing up for "Mammography Days" throughout the month of October. From left are Brenda LaMay, FNP; Carin Adams-Ramirez, and Catherine Okoneiwski, FNP of Oswego Health.
The Radiology staffs at FMI in Fulton, the Pulaski Health Center and Oswego Health are gearing up for "Mammography Days" throughout the month of October. From left are Brenda LaMay, FNP; Carin Adams-Ramirez, and Catherine Okoneiwski, FNP of Oswego Health.

“This is an excellent opportunity for women to learn about their risk and get screened for breast cancer,” said Carolyn Handville, coordinator of OCO’s Cancer Services Program Partnership. “All women 40 and over should have an annual mammogram and clinical breast exam. A mammogram along with a clinical breast exam is an effective tool to detect breast cancer in its early stage and has been successful in reducing overall cancer and mortality.”

According to the American Cancer Society in 2009, 13 Oswego County residents will be diagnosed with cancer each week and 5 individuals will die from cancer each week.

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death among women in New York State.

“We encourage women to be vigilant, to learn about personal risk and get screened for breast cancer,” added Handville. “Early detection of breast cancer through mammography and clinical breast exams has led to a significant increase in the number of individuals who survive this disease. When caught early, the chance of survival is high.”

Since early detection is the best protection, representatives from OCO’s Cancer Services Program Partnership will be offering not only free mammograms and breast examinations to those with limited or no health insurance, but also conducting free prize raffles on the following dates in October:

Oct. 8 from 1 to 4 p.m., Oct. 16 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and Oct. 29 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Fulton Medical Imaging (FMI), Suite 200, 522 S. Fourth St., Fulton.

Oct. 16 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Pulaski Health Center (NOCHSI), 61 Delano St., Pulaski.

Oct. 14 and 21 from 8 a.m. to 4 at Oswego Hospital, 110 W. Sixth St., Oswego.

Putting these screenings off today, could affect your life tomorrow.

Call today to take advantage of these free screenings and make your appointment now.

Appointments are required.

For more information or to make an appointment for a mammogram, call Kayleigh Dix at 342-0888 ext. 1454.

OCO, Inc is a private, non-profit agency that has been supporting communities throughout Oswego County since 1966 and touches the lives of more than 20,000 people annually.

OCO is a United Way of Greater Oswego County member agency.

For more information, visit www.oco.org