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Kinney Drugs will Host Registration and Information Sessions on Free Cancer Screenings for the Uninsured

02/11/09

Kinney Drugs Inc., announced today that they will align with local Cancer Services Program partnerships to educate community residents on how to obtain free cancer screenings for the uninsured. Age-appropriate breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screening is available for eligible men and women. Partnership staff will be on site at 44 Kinney Drug store locations the week of March 2nd to discuss how to get a free screening.

Kinney Drugs recognizes that in today’s economy, health care may not be affordable because of day to day needs. A lack of health insurance should never stand in the way of getting life-saving cancer screenings. Kinney is dedicated to keeping everyone in the communities they serve healthy by partnering with local health agencies and other healthcare organizations to promote cancer prevention.


“The goal is to increase awareness of the free cancer screenings available to men and women who meet criteria set forth by the Cancer Service Program. We want the people in our communities to know how important it is to be screened for breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer and to understand how early detection can save lives”, said Penny Perrone-Gray, Marketing Manager for Kinney Drugs.

Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer among women in NYS, excluding cancers of the skin, and the second leading cause of cancer-related death for women in the state. Colorectal cancer is one of the most common cancers among New Yorkers and more than 3,800 men and women die of colorectal cancer each year, making it the third leading cause of cancer-related death in men and women in the state. Cervical cancer affects fewer women in NYS, with nearly 1,000 cases diagnosed, on average, each year.


While no one wants a cancer diagnosis, these cancers are highly treatable when found early. In fact, screening tests can prevent colorectal cancer by finding polyps that can be removed before they turn into cancer. Screening tests can also find colorectal cancer early, when the chance of being cured is very good.

The Cancer Services Program has a referral hotline if you have further questions or would like to learn more about cancer screenings, diagnostics, treatment and support services in your community. Please call: 1-866-442-CANCER or 1-866-442-2262.

About Kinney Drugs

Kinney Drugs is a leading community pharmacy and retail business. Founded in 1903 by Burt Orrin Kinney, the organization has grown into an employee owned company with a network of 88 stores in central and northern New York and Vermont. Many are freestanding units offering drive-through pharmacy services and one-hour photo developing; all have free prescription delivery and online refill services. Kinney Drugs operates its own distribution warehouse to service its retail locations.

The company also operates three divisions that bring healthcare services to customers outside of the retail environment. These include ProAct, Inc., a full service prescription benefit management company, HealthDirect institutional pharmacy services and HealthDirect mail order pharmacy services. Kinney Drugs is an employee-owned company headquartered in northern New York.


Cheryl Abrams
Crouse Hospital
Communications Department
Phone: 315/470-7123
Fax: 315/470-7232
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