To the Editor,

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Cancer Services Program (CSP) of Fulton, Montgomery and Schenectady Counties would like to take this opportunity to remind your readers about the importance of getting screened for breast cancer. With regular screening, breast cancer is more likely to be detected at an earlier stage when treatment may be most successful. Simply stated, early detection can save lives and regular screening is the key to early detection.

The United States Preventive Task Force Services recommends women ages 50 to 74 years who are at average risk for breast cancer be screened with a mammogram every two years. However, according to data from the New York State Department of Health, there are populations of women who are less likely to have received a mammogram as recommended. These women are the uninsured and those without a regular, health care provider.

The CSP provides life-saving mammograms to eligible women without health insurance, and can help them find a health care provider that they can see regularly. Since our program began, we have helped 2,500 women get screened for cancer in this region. Our program can also help enroll eligible women in the NYS Medicaid Cancer Treatment Program to receive treatment if cancer is found.

About 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her life. That means that 1 out of every 8 of your female readers could be at risk for breast cancer. These women are wives, mothers, sisters, and friends who are loved, needed, and whose lives matter.

We help eligible, uninsured women get free mammograms, and we are here to encourage every woman to get their mammogram.

If any woman needs help, call the CSP of Fulton, Montgomery & Schenectady Counties at (518) 841-3726.

Suzanne Hagadorn

Health Education & Promotion Coordinator

Cancer Services Program of Fulton, Montgomery & Schenectady Counties