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Cancer screenings needed

December 19, 2012
The Leader Herald

The Cancer Services Program of Fulton and Montgomery Counties wants to remind men, women, family members and friends of the importance of encouraging the men and women in your life to have their annual cancer screenings. With Christmas and the new year upon us, and family and friends coming together to celebrate this wonderful occasion, it is a perfect opportunity to do just that; remind them to get screened.

The Cancer Services Program of Fulton and Montgomery Counties offers men 50 to 64 and women 40 to 64 the opportunity to get a free breast exam, mammogram, Pap test and/or a colorectal cancer screening kit if they do not have health insurance.

Despite advances in prevention and treatment, cancer continues to be the leading cause of death in New York state, exceeded only by heart disease. Prevention and early detection are key to reducing cancer incidences and cancer deaths.

According to the state Cancer Registry, breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death among women in the state, after lung cancer. Every year, nearly 14,500 women in the state are newly diagnosed with breast cancer, and more than 2,700 women die from the disease.

The program also offers a colorectal screening kit to eligible men and women 50 to 64. Colorectal cancer still remains the third leading cause of cancer death in both men and women in the United States. It is one of only a few cancers that can actually be prevented through the use of regular screening tests.

Cancer is a disease that doesn't discriminate, and touches all families. If you do not have health insurance and need your annual screenings, please contact me at 841-3726 for more information.

SUZANNE HAGADORN

Program coordinator, Cancer Services

Program of Fulton and Montgomery Counties

 
 

 

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