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"Ask Me" campaign promotes cancer screenings

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: "Ask Me" campaign promotes cancer screenings
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If you're shopping at select locations in Onondaga County you may notice an effort to promote free cancer screenings. This month the county's Cancer Services Program Partnership is working with two area stores to help people without health insurance. Our Brad Vivacqua is in our newsroom and has more on this.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- If you're in Onondaga County and are shopping at either a NoJaim's Super Market or a Thrifty Shopper store they may notice employees wearing special pins. The "Ask Me" pins encourage men and women without health insurance to ask employees how to get a free cancer screening.

This is all part of the county's Cancer Services Program Partnership "Ask Me Campaign", this month. Health officials want to remind us that regular cancer screenings are essential for early detection and successful treatment.

This program offers free breast exams, mammograms, and Pap tests for women in the county 40 and older. Men and women in the county 50 and up can also receive a free colorectal screening.

"Our program is for those in the community without health insurance. So, it's not those that have public health insurance or with insurance, it's those caught in the middle that don't have insurance through their provider or can't afford that insurance. So, we are here to help them and we pay for their breast, cervical, and colorectal screening," said Jenny Dickinson with Onondaga County's health department.

If you live outside of Onondaga County you're encouraged to look into free cancer screening programs that may be available to you. Those in Onondaga County without health insurance can call (315) 435-3653 to inquire about getting screened and to make an appointment.

Statistics show one in three women and one in two men in the U.S. are likely to develop some form of cancer in their lifetime and that's why early detection is so important.

For information outside Onondaga County call 1-866-442-CANCER (2262).

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