To the editor:

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Cancer Services Program (CSP) of Northeastern NY 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. Scheduling your mammogram is a good start.

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 CSP can help.

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 New York State Medicaid Cancer Treatment Program for full Medicaid coverage during treatment.

CSP of Northeastern NY serves Clinton, Franklin and Essex counties. Call CSP at 518-324-7671 to find if you’re eligible for the program or to get more information.

Christina Battinelli

Targeted Outreach Worker

CSP of Northeastern NY

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