FULTON, NY – State Senator Patty Ritchie and Oswego Health hosted the Power of Pink, a night of inspiration and education, at the Fulton Medical Center on Oct. 22.
More than 50 women attended the event, with 19 taking advantage of the opportunity to undergo a free mammogram and clinical breast exam.
Oswego Health received a $20,000 grant from the Department of Health under the guidance of Senator Ritchie to provide free breast cancer screening and education to the women of Oswego County.
Through this grant, women over age 40, who haven’t received a mammogram in three years can receive one at no cost at Oswego Health. Funding for mammograms and clinical breast exam remains available to women who meet the grant criteria and can be arranged by calling 349-5513.
“Studies have shown that when breast cancer is found early, the survival rate is high, and that’s why events like ‘The Power of Pink’ are so important,” said Senator Ritchie. “I’m pleased to be able to provide this funding, which will help improve the health of women in Central New York by offering mammograms and clinical breast exams to those who may have not had the opportunity to have these critical screenings.”
At the power of pink, attendees heard from two Owego Health breast health experts, Allison Duggan, MD, and Dawn Holman, MD.
“Breast cancer represents 14 percent of all new cancer cases in the United States,” said Dr. Holman. “It’s important for women to learn about breast health and to be screened.”
Also speaking was Radiation Oncologist Alexander Banashkevich, MD, of Oswego Radiation Oncology, who discussed the radiation therapy process for breast cancer patients.
Welcoming attendees to the event was Oswego Health President and CEO Chuck Gijanto.
“The support and education of breast cancer awareness is near and dear to my heart,” he said. “My wife is a breast cancer survivor and we need to continue educating our community on screening and care.”
In addition to the evening’s speakers, several organizations offered information, including Oswego County OB-GYN, Oswego County Opportunities’ Cancer Services Program Partnership, Upstate Medical University’s Hematology/Oncology and Radiology/Oncology Departments, who partner with Oswego Health to provide services in Oswego County, and Oswego Health’s breast cancer support group, Caring and Sharing.
“I was very pleased with the turnout at our power of pink event and the number of women who took advantage of the free screenings,” said Duggan. “Both Dr. Holman and I are very passionate about this subject and want women to have the best information possible.”