Cancer screening program secures five-year grant

One of Oswego County Opportunities’ most vital health programs, the Cancer Services Program Partnership received some good news recently when it was notified that the program has secured funding for the next five years.

The program provides uninsured men and women aged 40 to 64 with a range of cancer screenings including clinical breast exams, mammograms, pelvic exams, and colorectal screenings.  The funding announcement ensures that the program will continue offering these services.

In addition to the state Departmen of Health funding, Program Coordinator Carolyn Handville announced that the program secured a grant from the Susan G. Komen foundation of Central New York.

According to Handville, the state grant, coupled with the Komen grant, will allow the program to screen more women for breast cancer, regardless of age, and assist with eliminating all barriers women may face to obtaining annual cancer screenings.

“We are excited to continue our efforts in the fight against cancer in Oswego County,” Handville said. “We will offer free screenings all year long as we have in the past; however, our new funding will make it possible for us to host four screening events throughout the county.

“These screening events will offer a one-stop shop for women to obtain their annual cancer screenings along with non-traditional appointment hours as well as transportation and daycare opportunities as needed.  We will increase our outreach throughout the county promoting these events and, once again, conduct our annual Human Pink Ribbon Campaign in honor of breast cancer awareness month in October,” she continued.

While the program has served hundreds of county residents, there are many more eligible individuals who have yet to take advantage of the free screenings.

“When it comes to winning the fight against cancer, early detection is the best protection,” Handville said. “Regular cancer screenings make a difference. To date, more than 250 individuals have received free cancer screenings, with 75 percent of those receiving all cancer screenings they were eligible for. I cannot stress enough the importance of having regular cancer screenings. Early detection can save lives.”

To schedule a screening or for more information, call 592-0830.

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