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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and, as the educator for the Cancer Services Program (CSP) of Fulton, Montgomery and Schenectady counties, I would like to urge your readers to get their mammograms. Regular cancer screenings can help find cancer early when treatment may be easier. And now that COVID-19 infection rates in New York state are low, it is time to talk to your doctor about missed preventive care.

Some women may have lost their jobs and their health insurance because of the pandemic. So how can these women get cancer screening? This is where the Cancer Services Program (CSP) of Fulton, Montgomery and Schenectady counties can help.

The CSP offers free breast cancer screenings to uninsured women ages 40 and over. The program also offers free cervical cancer screening to women ages 40 and older, and free colon cancer screenings to uninsured men and women ages 50 and over. If any follow-up tests are needed, the CSP will provide those tests too. If breast, cervical, or colon cancer is found, our program will help enroll people who are eligible in the NYS Medicaid Cancer Treatment Program for full Medicaid coverage during treatment.

Call the CSP at (518) 770-6816 to find out if you’re eligible for the program or to get more information.

LESLEY MONTENARO

Health Education Promotion Coordinator

AMSTERDAM

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