Checkup Day and Mother’s Day are a perfect time to let an important woman in your life know that you care about them by encouraging her to receive or schedule a checkup. Early checkups and screening tests, like a mammogram, can reveal life-threatening diseases early on when they’re much easier to treat. Women often forget to focus on their own health, so now is the time to show a woman you love them by giving them an important gift — a healthy life you can enjoy together.
Free breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screenings are available throughout New York to individuals who do not have health insurance. The state Department of Health Cancer Services Program oversees a statewide, comprehensive cancer screening program providing breast and cervical screenings for eligible women (40-plus) and colorectal cancer screenings for eligible women and men (50-plus) at no cost, if they do not have health insurance. For more information in Fulton, Montgomery and Schenectady counties, call 518-841-3726.
The writer is the Health Education and Promotion coordinator at the Cancer Services Program.