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New York, NY (March 16, 2012) - When it comes to your health, relying on luck isn't a good idea. This St. Patrick’s Day, throw luck out the window and take charge by scheduling screenings recommended by the American Cancer Society.

“Our cancer screening guidelines are based on the latest science and evidence regarding the most effective methods for detecting cancer early, when it’s most treatable,” said Alvaro Carrascal, Senior Vice President of Cancer Control, American Cancer Society of NY & NJ. “Even people without health insurance can get recommended cancer screenings at no cost through state-run programs in both New York and New Jersey. There’s really no excuse to skip a screening that could be life-saving.”

The New York State Cancer Services Program offers free breast, cervical and colon cancer screening to people without health insurance and people with inadequate health insurance. It operates in every county in the state.

A similar program operates in New Jersey. The New Jersey Cancer Education and Early Detection program provides comprehensive outreach, education and screening services for breast, cervical, colorectal and prostate cancers to the uninsured and underinsured.

Additional Reading:
American Cancer Society breast cancer screening guidelines
American Cancer Society cervical cancer screening guidelines
American Cancer Society colon cancer screening guidelines
American Cancer Society prostate cancer screening guidelines
New York State Cancer Services Program
New Jersey Cancer Education and Early Detection Program


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

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