“Roswell Park suggests that every woman starts screening at age 40 if she’s at routine risk and that should be done annually,” said Christy Widman, Roswell Park Community Outreach and Engagement Assistant Director.
Unfortunatley not all women in Western New York are getting routine breast cancer screenings that could be life saving.
“We’d love to see a complete compliance with screening and we know that would reduce a lot of cancers, it would find some cancers at a much earlier stage where treatment is much easier to manage,” said Widman.
Thanks to $50,000 secured in the state budget by Senator Chris Jacobs, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center is expanding that mission on the road in different communities.
“What else is really great about these events is that we’re going to have some of our clinical staff out there so people love to really speak directly with our doctors,” said Widman.
“The more we can get people aware of that fact and get them fortified with the necessary information and encourage them to get screenings, we can prevent them from ever having to endure breast cancer,” said NY Senator Chris Jacobs.
The community outreach events will focus primarily on breast health, but there will also be other resources to help people assess their cancer risk.
“In all counties in New York state there is screening for people who don’t have insurance or who may have high deductibles or under insured. So I think that’s important for people not to find that that’s a barrier for them,” said Widman.
The funding will be put to use starting tomorrow Tuesday August 14th in the Town of Tonawanda at the Brighton Volunteer Fire Company at 50 Jamaica Road.
OTHER COMMUNITY OUTREACH EVENTS:
-Tuesday August 21st in the Town of Evans at the Lake Erie Beach Volunteer Fire Company, 9483 Lake Shore Road, Angola, 14006
-Wednesday October 17th in Buffalo at the Northwest Buffalo Community Center, 155 Lawn Avenue
-Saturday October 20th in the Town of Hamburg at the Blasdell Volunteer Fire Department, 121 Miriam Avenue, Blasdell 14219
For more information, or to reserve a spot for one of these outreach sessions contact Senator Jacobs’ office at 716-854-8705 or firstname.lastname@example.org