DANSVILLE — The Cancer Services Program of the Finger Lakes Region (CSP-FLR), serving Monroe, Livingston, Wayne, Ontario, Yates and Seneca Counties, is hosting breast cancer screening events in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The screening events are open to women age 40 to 64 without insurance.

“The Cancer Services Program of the Finger Lakes Region plays an important role in New York State’s mission to increase access to life-saving breast cancer screening by helping uninsured women get free screenings,” said Michele Tufano, program manager. “We are hosting many screening events in October for women who need a mammogram.”

In addition to breast cancer screening, CSP-FLR also provides cervical and colon cancer screening to eligible New York residents. Call CSP-FLR at 1-888-877-3070 to enroll in the following breast cancer screening events or to get more information.

· 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10 – Noyes Memorial Hospital, 111 Clara Barton St., Dansville

· 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15 – Noyes Health Services, 50 East South St., Geneseo

· 8 to 10:45 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19 – Elizabeth Wende Breast Care, 126 Court St., Geneseo

If the screening test is positive, or abnormal, the CSP will pay for further tests and provide a case manager to guide clients through these additional appointments. If treatment is needed, the CSP helps eligible clients apply for New York State’s Medicaid Cancer Treatment Program, which offers full Medicaid coverage for eligible people throughout the course of their treatment.

“All women should talk with their health care provider about their personal risk for breast cancer. Some women will need to be screened at a younger age or more often than others,” said Tufano. “Of course, any woman who has symptoms or changes in their breasts should see their health care provider immediately. The CSP-FLR can help women without insurance find a regular doctor to talk about screening if it’s needed.”

Visit the New York State Department of Health website for more information about breast cancer, including prevention, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment.

Founded in 1993, the Cancer Services Program of the Finger Lakes Region (CSP-FLR), formerly known as the Cancer Services Program of Monroe County, and previously as the Women's Health Partnership, is part of a larger statewide initiative run by the NYS Department of Health’s Cancer Services Program. CSP-FLR promotes age-appropriate breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screening for uninsured and underinsured men and women. The Cancer Services Program serves individuals in Monroe, Seneca, Yates, Livingston, Wayne and Ontario Counties and is managed and facilitated by the Center for Community Health & Prevention of the University of Rochester Medical Center.