ONONDAGA COUNTY, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — If you spot a pink ribbon stencil around the Syracuse area, let it serve as your reminder to schedule your mammogram.
Onondaga County is using a little pink paint to help push women to make their breast health a priority. The first stencil was a team effort Thursday morning outside the Civic Center in Downtown Syracuse.
For Onondaga County Legislator Deb Cody, the message hits home. She skipped a mammogram and was later diagnosed with stage three breast cancer. Cody says had she made the time to get to the doctor, she likely would have had an earlier diagnosis.
“After surgery and several months of chemotherapy and eight weeks of radiation, I’ve been cancer-free for 13 years,” Cody said.
“Prevention is the key. Early detection, if you get the mammogram done, one can detect if there’s any abnormal areas there, doctors can go to the next step and it can be cured,” said Onondaga County Health Commissioner Indu Gupta.
If you’re uninsured or underinsured, Onondaga County’s cancer services program can help ensure you get your mammogram for free. You can call (315) 435-3653.
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