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Use last Sunday’s Mother’s Day to take care of yourself

This year Mother’s Day was celebrated on May 9. The Cancer Services Program of Fulton, Montgomery and Schenectady counties would like this Mother’s Day to serve as a reminder to all women — moms, daughters, aunts, sisters, nieces — to schedule their mammogram.

The World Health Organization recently reported that breast cancer has overtaken lung cancer as the world’s mostly commonly diagnosed cancer. The good news is that deaths from breast cancer are decreasing and women are living longer after diagnosis due to early detection and better treatments. Finding cancer early means it may be easier to treat.

Breast cancer screening may begin at age 40. All women age 50 and older should get screened at least every other year. Men can get breast cancer, too, and should be mindful of family history and symptoms.

Healthcare providers are taking many steps so that important health visits can happen safely. Patients and staff must wear masks, be screened for COVID-19 symptoms. Other safety steps include socially distanced waiting rooms, time added between appointments, and thoroughly cleaning exam rooms and equipment.

If you do not have health insurance, the Cancer Services Program offers free breast and cervical cancer screenings to women ages 40-64 and colorectal cancer screening to men and women ages 50-64.

Please call (518) 841-3726 for more information.

Please schedule your mammogram and encourage the women in your life to do the same. Your lives are worth it.

WENDY LUCAS

St. Mary’s Healthcare Women’s Imaging Supervisor

Amsterdam

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