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January 27th, 2016

Cervical Health Awareness Month

Dear Editor:

Many women don’t know cervical cancer can be prevented. Many women don’t know the cost for cervical cancer screening is covered through their health insurance, including plans available through the New York State of Health. Lastly, many women don’t know that even if they do not have insurance, they may be able to get this life-saving screening for free through the New York State Department of Health Cancer Services Program Orange County  (CSPOC).

The YWCA Orange County provides health and wellness programs to promote and protect women’s health.  Quality, affordable health care is critical to everyone, especially women.  The YWCA Orange County believes that every woman deserves access to services that will keep them healthy.

This January, during Cervical Health Awareness Month, the YWCA Cancer Services Program Orange County want to spread the word that getting screened for cervical cancer with a Pap test is the key to prevention and survival. However, according to New York State data, uninsured women are much less likely to get screened.

The YWCA’s CSP offers free cervical cancer screening to eligible uninsured women, ages 40 and older. The program also provides free breast and colorectal cancer screening to eligible New York State residents.

Call the YWCA Cancer Services Program Orange County today to find out if you qualify for free cancer screenings. 845-561-8050, ext. 15.

J.K. Gentile-Trepicone

YWCA Cancer Services Program Orange County

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