Written by: John DeRousie, Custom Marketing Solutions
FULTON, NY – Oswego County Opportunities’ Cancer Services Program wants everyone to start the New Year happy and healthy! Now through Feb. 29 the Cancer Services Program of Oswego County is partnering with the Fulton YMCA to offer a free YMCA pass to each eligible individual who completes their complimentary breast, cervical and/or colon cancer screening through the program. In addition, the Fulton YMCA will enter each participant in a drawing to win a free one-month membership when they use their free day pass provided by the Cancer Services Program.
“In Oswego County five individuals die each week of cancer, and another 13 individuals are diagnosed with cancer each week,” said coordinator of the Cancer Services Program, Carolyn Handville. “From recent years the annual cancer incident rates in Oswego County have increased more than 10%. These numbers are alarming, but the good news is, we can do something about it!”
Although the number of cancer cases has increased, mortality rates continue to decrease. This is because early detection saves lives! “Our program strives to find new ways to educate the community on the importance of having their annual cancer screenings,” Handville stated. “We continue to partner with community agencies that care about the community and want to help us make a difference. We are looking forward to work with the Fulton YMCA, doing our part together, to lower cancer mortality rates by offering life-saving information to the community and scheduling those who are uninsured and 40 years of age and older for their free cancer screenings.”
Handville will be at the Fulton YMCA Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to noon and Thursdays from 4 to 5 p.m. to provide information, schedule those eligible for their free breast and cervical screenings, and distribute colon cancer screenings to each uninsured community member who is 50 years of age and older. Handville said that in addition to the complimentary YMCA day pass; those who complete all screenings they are eligible for will also receive a $10 gift card to their choice of a gas station, grocery store, or Wal-Mart. “We offer these incentives to motivate individuals to not delay and schedule their annual screenings today,” said Handville.
Funded by the NYS Department of Health and Susan G. Koman for the Cure, the OCO’s Cancer Services Program provides free cancer screenings including clinical breast exams, mammograms, pap/pelvic exams and colon cancer screenings to community members who are either under-insured or uninsured and 40 years of age and older.
“Early detection is the best weapon in the fight against cancer. I encourage community members to visit us at the Fulton YMCA Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to noon and Thursdays from 4 to 5 p.m. for more information on the free cancer screenings that are available, or to call us at 315-592-0830,” added Handville.