The Breast and Prostate Cancer Education (BPCE) at Catskill Regional Medical Center is part of a state-wide effort using local educators to speak with men and women in their communities about breast and prostate cancer. Supported with funds from Health Research, Inc. and the New York State Department of Health, the education initiative aims to help women better understand the need for regular breast cancer screenings and access screening if appropriate, and educate men about prostate cancer and encourage them to speak to their health care provider.
Paul Geer and Arianna Martinez are educators for the BPCE Program serving Sullivan County. Paul and Arianna are available to speak with groups or individuals to provide the information needed to take care of their health.
The Facts About Breast and Prostate Cancer
According to the New York State Department of Health, breast cancer is one of the most common cancers among women in New York State. Each year in New York:
- Over 15,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer
- Over 2,600 women die from the disease.
It is estimated that one in eight women will develop breast cancer during her life. Breast screening increases the likelihood of identifying breast cancer at an early stage when treatment is most successful.
Regular screening is key to early diagnosis of breast cancer. Finding breast cancer early can make it easier to treat. The Sullivan County BPCE focuses on educating women between the ages of 50 and 74 who have not been screened for breast cancer to better understand the importance of regular breast cancer screening and debunk the many myths about screening and breast cancer.
Excluding skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men in New York. According to the New York State Department of Health, each year in New York State:
- Almost 15,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer
- About 1,700 men die of the disease.
It is estimated that one in seven men will develop prostate cancer during his life. Prostate cancer occurs mainly in older men, with about two-thirds of cases diagnosed in men age 65 and older.
The BPCE Program is working to raise awareness among men, particularly those at high risk, about the symptoms and risks for prostate cancer, and encouraging them to have conversations with their health care providers about their prostate health.
Connecting With Our Community to Make a Difference
From within those demographic groups, CRMC is concentrating its efforts on individuals who are uninsured or underserved due to socio-economic status, geographic isolation or language barriers. An important component of the Sullivan County BPCE will be to link people who need screenings with the doctors who provide them as well as to healthcare service agencies that can help with costs, language barriers and transportation.
The BPCE Program is building relationships with community members and groups as well as healthcare providers and facilities. The Program educators are looking to network with community groups whose membership includes individuals from the target populations or that serve the target populations.
Contact Us to Schedule a Presentation or Consultation
If you are interested in scheduling a group presentation or one on one encounters please contact Catskill Regional Medical Center’s Breast and Prostate Cancer Education Coordinator, Brenna Gokey-Dudley, by phone: 845-794-3300 ext. 2055 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Upcoming Events & Appearances
Our BPPE Program team’s calendar is already booking up at several community events throughout Sullivan County. We hope to see you there!