Crouse Hospital was recently awarded a $48,700 grant from Susan G. Komen for the Cure Central New York to increase awareness of the availability of free and reduced-cost breast health services, particularly among underserved, underinsured and uninsured women in Onondaga County.
A total of $344,782 was awarded to Crouse and other healthcare organizations in Central New York that are dedicated to educating underserved women so they take advantage of screenings and, if necessary, appropriate follow-up diagnostic and treatment services.
The overall goal for the project this grant is funding is that all women in Onondaga County, including 30 to 40-year-olds, receive mammography screenings, as well as follow-up appointments with medical professionals if an abnormality or problem is detected.
Early detection is the best defense against breast cancer and thanks to regular screenings and improved treatment methods, people have a greater chance of survival than ever before. With the help of the Komen grant, Crouse aims to increase the number of women who get tested for breast cancer through community outreach and Crouse Breast Health Center programs. The hospital has been and will continue to work on lessening the impact of the barriers of poverty, as well as the lack of education about and the access to healthcare with projects like this.
“At the Crouse Breast Health Center, we are dedicated to providing the best possible screening and treatment services to all women,” said Dr. Stephen Montgomery, medical director of the Crouse Breast Health Center. “Unfortunately, a lack of education about the services we provide or a lack of access to healthcare prevents many women from getting an annual mammogram, even though it can save lives.”
The Crouse Breast Health Center was the first area program to be designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology. Crouse recently introduced breast tomosynthesis, a new 3D imaging system that provides a more detailed picture of the breast than the traditional 2D digital mammogram, to detect even the most subtle signs of early cancer.
Free Screenings for Uninsured Men and Women
Onondaga County's Cancer Services Program (CSP) offers free cancer screening for uninsured men and women ages 50 to 64. In addition, the CSP also offers free mammograms and Pap tests for women ages 40 to 64 who do not have health insurance. These screenings are provided at healthcare provider sites throughout the city of Syracuse and Onondaga County. To register for a free colorectal screening, mammogram or Pap smear, call 315/435-3653 or visit the Onondaga CSP website or CSP Facebook page.