OSWEGO, NY â€“ 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 October courtesy of Oswego County Opportunitiesâ€™ Cancer Services Program Partnership.
The CSPP is funded by the NYS Department of Health and the Susan G. Komen Foundation for the Cure.
Having annual mammograms is an important part of maintaining good health.
â€œThis is an excellent opportunity for women to learn about their risk and get screened for breast cancer,â€ said Carolyn Handville, coordinator of OCOâ€™s Cancer Services Program Partnership. â€œAll 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.â€
According to the American Cancer Society in 2010, 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.
â€œWe encourage women to be vigilant, to learn about personal risk and get screened for breast cancer,â€ added Handville. â€œEarly 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.â€
Since early detection is the best protection, representatives from OCOâ€™s Cancer Services Program Partnership will be offering not only free mammograms to those with limited or no health insurance, but also free raffle prizes on the following dates:
Oct. 14, 21, 28 from 1 â€“ 4 p.m. and Oct. 15 from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. at Fulton Medical Imaging, Suite 200, 522 S. Fourth St., Fulton.
Oct. 15 from 4 â€“7 p.m. at the Pulaski Health Center (NOCHSI), 61 Delano St., Pulaski.
Oct. 13 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 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 Katie Batchelor at 342-0888 ext. 1454.
OCO 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.
It is a United Way of Greater Oswego County member agency.
For more information, visit www.oco.org
OCOâ€™s Cancer Services Program Partnership consists of 21 Provider offices throughout the county.
The partnership works diligently together providing quality breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screenings to our uninsured community members.
To learn more, call 315-342-0888 ext 1455.