From the desk of Susan McAvoy, Public Education & Community Outreach of the Cancer Services Program of the Greater Capital Region.
The Cancer Services Program of the Greater Capital Region would like to remind you about getting screened for breast, cervical and colorectal cancers and share some important information:
About 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her life.
Breast cancer is most often found in women ages 50 and older.
Breast cancer may not cause symptoms, especially in early stages. Symptoms of breast cancer can include a lump in the breast or armpit, breast swelling or change of shape, dimples in the skin, itching or redness of the skin or nipple, breast or nipple pain, and discharge other than breast milk.
With regular screening, breast cancer is more likely to be found at an earlier stage when treatment may be most successful. Simply stated, early detection saves lives and regular screening is the key to early detection.
Women ages 50 to 64 who are not high risk due to personal or family history are likely to be screened every two years. Women at high risk should discuss with their doctor about risk factors and screening.
Most insurance plans cover the cost of a mammogram—for women who are uninsured the Cancer Services Program provides life-saving mammograms at no-cost to women age 40 + who meet eligibility requirements. This program can also help eligible women that receive treatment if cancer is found.
Although the Cancer Services Program mission is to help uninsured women get free breast exams, pap/pelvic and mammograms. We encourage men and women 50+ to get colorectal screening and we cover the cost for the uninsured. Individuals with a personal or family history for colon polyps, colorectal cancer, or a personal history of inflammatory bowel disease, are at a higher risk for developing colorectal cancer and should speak to their doctor about when to begin screening. The Cancer Services Program offers a free at home screening test for colorectal cancer (FIT Kit), for people of average risk.
If any woman of any age is symptomatic for breast, cervical or colorectal and needs help, call the Cancer Services Program of the Greater Capital Region at 518-525-8680.