May Mammography Campaign in New York and New Jersey

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American Cancer Society, New York State Cancer Services Program and New Jersey Cancer Education & Early Detection program are teaming up to provide accessible mammography screening to the uninsured

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NEW YORK, NY - May 4, 2012 - While some women will be showered with flowers and chocolate this time of year, the American Cancer Society is urging all women over 40 to seek out a different gift this May: a breast cancer screening mammogram.

Mother’s Day, which also kicks off the start to Women’s Health Week (May 13-19), is an ideal time for women to focus on their health and their personal check-up calendar. But when it comes to breast cancer screening, things can get confusing. Should you get a mammogram? Starting when? And what if you don’t have health insurance or the co-pay for the screening is too expensive? For this reason, the American Cancer Society has teamed up with local healthcare facilities to provide mammograms to uninsured and underinsured women in our community through the New York State Department of Health Cancer Services Program and the New Jersey Cancer Education & Early Detection Program.

Local healthcare providers offering low or no cost mammograms throughout the month of May include: New York Hospital Queens Family Health Center and OB/GYN Center, Ryan-NENA Community Health Center, New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center and Bellevue Hospital Center, Steinway Diagnostic Imaging, Multi-Diagnostic Service, Charles B. Wang Community Health Center, LongIsland Jewish Medical Center, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, and Project Renewal Mobile Mammography Van. Women should call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 to learn more about getting a mammogram at one of these participating locations.

“Broad accessibility to low-cost screening is key in the fight against breast cancer,” explains Dr. Alvaro Carrascal, American Cancer Society, senior vice president of cancer control. “And routine mammography screening is our best tool at detecting breast cancer at its earliest, most treatable stage.”

One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Breast cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer-related death among women in New York State and New Jersey. Although the causes of breast cancer are still unknown, there are many factors including being a woman (men can also develop breast cancer), advancing age and family history that may increase someone’s risk for breast cancer. There are also certain lifestyle changes that can curb a woman’s breast cancer risk. These include being physically active, maintaining a healthy weight and reducing alcohol use, and getting recommended cancer screenings.

For women without health insurance, there are resources available in communities across New York and New Jersey that help facilitate low or no cost cancer screening. The New York State Department of Health Cancer Services Program and New Jersey Cancer Education & Early Detection fund programs in every county, across New York and New Jersey that offer low-cost or free mammograms to uninsured women age 40 and older, and support to women diagnosed with breast cancer.

Media partners supporting the Mother’s Day Mammography campaign include the New York Post, WNYW-TV FOX5, the Queens World Journal, Univision Radio’s X96.3FM, LaQue Buena 92.7FM and WADO 1280AM and Hot 97FM.

A full list of breast cancer screening dates and locations is available on cancer.org.

To find additional locations for free or low-cost screening in New York and New Jersey, or information about breast cancer in your community, please call your American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 or you can contact:
•   New York State Cancer Services Program: 1-866-442-CANCER (2262)
•   New Jersey Cancer Education and Early Detection Program: 1-800-328-3838

Additional Reading:
List of Breast Cancer Screening Dates & Locations
NYS Cancer Services Program
NJ Cancer Education & Early Detection Program

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About the American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing more than $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us any time, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

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