Oswego Fire Department supports breast cancer awareness

Statistics show that 1 in every 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.

For Oswego County Opportunities’ Cancer Services Program Partnership (CSPP) that is an unacceptable number, and one they are dedicated to reducing in Oswego County.

In recognition of October being National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Cancer Services Program has begun a month long campaign aimed at increasing the awareness of the importance of obtaining annual clinical breast exams in the fight against breast cancer in Oswego County.

Carolyn Handville, program manager for the Cancer Services Program Partnership, said a phone call from the Oswego City Fire Department helped get the campaign off to a fast start.

“Its was a pleasant surprise when fire chief Jeff McCrobie called to tell me that the Oswego City Fire Department wanted to support our efforts and asked me come down to the fire station for a photo.  When I arrived I was thrilled to see the firefighters dressed in pink shirts!

“Jeff told me that Carol Emmons is leading the fire department’s breast cancer awareness campaign and that they are selling pink T-shirts to raise money for OCO’s Cancer Services Program,” she said.  “I’m very appreciative of the fact that the Oswego City Fire Department recognizes our efforts and chose to support us in this way.”

Fire chief Jeff McCrobie the Oswego City Fire Department said the pink shirts are available at the East Side Fire Station, 35 E. Cayuga St., Oswego. All proceeds from sales of the pink T-shirts will benefit the Cancer Services Program Partnership of Oswego County.

Adminstered by OCO, the Cancer Services Program Partnership of Oswego County provides free cancer screenings including clinical breast exams, mammograms, pap/pelvic exams and colorectal cancer screenings to community members who are both uninsured and between 40 and 64 years of age.

For more information on the Cancer Services Program Partnership of Oswego County contact Carolyn Handville at 592-0830 or visit OCO’s website at oco.org.

OCO is a private, nonprofit agency that has been supporting communities throughout Oswego County since 1966. OCO provides more than 50 services in 80 separate locations.

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