CENTRAL NEW YORK (WSYR-TV) — A new health initiative is urging Central New Yorkers to get screened and Upstate University Hospital is rolling out a new mammography van to help people get it done.
New York state’s “No Excuses, Get Screened” program aims to boost breast cancer screenings.
Four-year breast cancer survivor Janet Bacon spoke at a ribbon-cutting for the van on Tuesday at Upstate’s campus on Broad Road.
Bacon says mammogram van could save a life.
“You find out a lot when you have a mammogram,” Bacon said. “Is there anyone in your family? Is there anything… Did you feel anything? Did you have any symptoms, anything like that? Sometimes it’s none. In my case, there was none. I just went and had the mammogram and there was at with cancer but now I’m a survivor.”
The new van will serve eight counties in Central and Northern New York.
“If people are able to have access to the screening study, they will be potentially diagnosed much earlier,” said Dr. Ranjna Sharma, Chief of Breast Surgery at Upstate University Hospital. “Then the treatments that they have offered to them maybe less extensive, less aggressive and they will have improvement to their clinical outcomes and quality of life.”
The van is meant to get rid of obstacles and ensure easy access to breast cancer screenings for women in the state.
To find out how to get a mammogram on the van and if you’re eligible, click here.
Upstate’s mammogram van is now one of six mobile units serving women across New York state.
To learn more about Governor Andrew Cuomo’s breast cancer legislation, click here.