The Breast and Prostate Peer Education (BPPE) Project is a new program funded by the New York State Department of Health and executed by Catskill Regional Medical Center (CRMC) and other agencies across New York State. The goal of the program is to increase cancer screenings for breast and prostate cancer by educating Sullivan County residents about the benefits of early detection and introducing residents to programs that can help them get appropriate screenings. In the second and third years of the grant program the Sullivan County BPPE will expand its education and referral services to include the whole mid-Hudson region.
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.
The Sullivan County, BPPE focuses on educating women between the ages of 50 and 74 who have not been screened for breast cancer according to the current clinical guidelines or who have experienced changes in symptoms.
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 Sullivan County, BPPE focuses on educating men 50 years and older or those that may be at higher risk for prostate cancer due to family history, race, or ethnicity.
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 BPPE 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 BPPE 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.
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!
- April 3rd – Liberty library (health event) – 10:30
- April 5th – Literacy Volunteers/Read it again Bookstore in Monticello from 1-3
- April 7th – Worksite wellness Training at New Hope community, Inc. 9-3
- April 17th – YMCA in Rock Hill 7pm-8pm
- April 19th – Sullivan County BOCES (Adult learning classes) @ 11am
- April 25th – Grahamsville Library 2pm-4pm
- April 28th (TENTATIVE) Ideal snacks health fair 11am-2pm
- April 29th – Women’s Conference SUNY Sullivan 8-4
- May 3rd – Sullivan Health and Wellness Fair 10-2
- May 13th – 5K Run at Kauneonga Lake, NY 9-12
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 Peer Education Coordinator, Brenna Gokey-Dudley, by phone: 845-794-3300 ext. 2055 or by email: email@example.com