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Southampton Press / Opinion / Letters / 1730516

Help Is Available

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and, as the director of the Cancer Services Program of Suffolk, I 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 the Cancer Services Program of Suffolk can help.

The CSP offers free breast cancer screenings to uninsured women ages 40 and over. The program also offers free cervical cancer screenings 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.

Call the CSP at 631-548-6320 to find if you’re eligible for the program or to get more information.

Maureen O’Connor

Director

Cancer Services Program of Suffolk County

Peconic Bay Medical Center

Riverhead

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