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Cancer Services Program gives facts about cancer screening

The Cancer Services Program of Fulton, Montgomery and Schenectady counties has great news to share: some cancers can be prevented, and Feb. 4 was Cancer Prevention Day.

The CSP provides breast, cervical and colon cancer screening to eligible, uninsured New Yorkers. These cancer screenings are covered by most insurance plans as well.

Cervical and colon cancer screening can find abnormal cells that can be removed before they turn into cancer. This actually prevents cancer from starting. And while breast cancer can’t be prevented through screening, a mammogram can find breast cancer early. Early detection of cancer means treatment may be easier and it is more likely to be cured.

Here are some basics about cancer screening:

All men and women ages 50 and older should be screened regularly for colon cancer. There are several ways to be screened, including a stool test that can be done in the privacy of your own home.

Women age 50 and older should get screened for breast cancer. A mammogram is the best way to find breast cancer early.

Women ages 21-65 years-old should get screened for cervical cancer.

Always talk to your healthcare provider about personal risk factors (family history, personal history, lifestyle) as some people may need screening at a younger age or more often.

Uninsured residents of Fulton, Montgomery and Schenectady counties can call the CSP at (518) 841-3726 to learn if they qualify for free cancer screening.

SUZANNE HAGADORN

Amsterdam