Editor:

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Cancer Services Program (CSP) of Warren, Washington and Hamilton Counties at Glens Falls Hospital 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. Early detection can save lives and regular screening is the key to early detection.

According to data from the New York State Department of Health, there are certain populations of women who are less likely to have received a mammogram as recommended. These women are often uninsured and without a primary 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. Our program can also help enroll eligible women in the NYS Medicaid Cancer Treatment Program to receive treatment if cancer is found.

Studies show that roughly one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. That means that one out of every eight 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 Warren, Washington and Hamilton Counties at Glens Falls Hospital at 518-926-6570.

Gail Infante, CR Wood Cancer Center, Glens Falls Hospital

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