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Catskill Regional Medical Center Offers New Program to Combat Breast and Prostate Cancer

Free program offers breast and prostate screenings and education to Sullivan County

The Breast and Prostate Peer Education (BPPE) Program is a new program funded by the New York State Department of Health and is offered by Catskill Regional Medical Center and other agencies across New York State. The goal of the program is to increase screenings for breast and prostate cancer by educating Sullivan County residents about the benefits of early detection and introducing residents to programs that can provide these necessary and potentially lifesaving screenings.

The Sullivan County BPPE Program focuses on two priority populations. The first population is 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.

The second population is men 50 years and older or those that may be at higher risk for prostate cancer due to family history, race or ethnicity.

Catskill Regional is concentrating its efforts on individuals within these populations who are uninsured or underserved due to socio-economic status, geographic isolation or language barriers. An important component of the Sullivan County BPPE Program is connecting individuals who need screenings services with the healthcare professionals who provide them.

CRMC BPPE educators Paul Geer and Arianna Martinez (who is fluent in Spanish) have been visiting local libraries, rotary club meetings, workforce orientations, BOCES classes and food pantries to inform the public about cancer screenings at CRMC and providing cancer awareness information. They are also connecting people in need to resources that can help with costs or  provide transportation and coordinate health insurance.

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 and 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. For more information visit https://www.health.ny.gov/statistics/cancer/registry/abouts/breast.htm

Excluding skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men in New York. Each year in New York State, almost 15,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer and 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. For more information visit https://www.health.ny.gov/statistics/cancer/registry/abouts/prostate.htm

To schedule a group presentation or one-on-one meetings, please contact Catskill Regional Medical Center’s Breast and Prostate Peer Education Coordinator, Brenna Gokey-Dudley, at 845-794-3300, extension 2055 or email bgokey@ghvhs.org.

 

April 27, 2017 – Harris, N.Y.