Free cancer screenings for uninsured women
JOHNSTOWN, N.Y. -- "We did have insurance at our job, but because of the layoff and the recession, we were actually part of the cutback as well," said Mayfield resident Gail Voght.
Voght said she's currently looking for a job to make ends meet. Right now she's uninsured and said because of her economic situation, she just can't afford to pay for any doctor visits.
"The older you get the more important it is to for people to have insurance. That's why when they offered this, it's just awesome," said Voght.
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Fulton and Montgomery Cancer Services and Planned Parenthood are helping out women like Gail. The agencies joined forces to offer free cancer screenings. Women ages 40 to 64 got tested at the Planned Parenthood center as well as inside a mobile unit provided by Bassett Healthcare.
"We really wanted to do something nice where women could come and actually have a one-stop location to actually get all their services. They are having a breast exam, a pelvic exam, pap testing and a mammogram", said Fulton Montgomery Counties Cancer Services Program Director Suzanne Hagadorn.
Organizers said the event is all about early detection. They stress about the importance of getting these tests done sooner rather than later.
"Very, very important to get these test done. When you think about what can happen if you don't, could be a lump and you are not taking care of it and then it could turn to something more," Hagadorn said.
"It gives you a piece of mind now. You just wait. They send the results right to you. Like I said, it's incredible," said Voght.
A peace of mind that even without a job, her health and well being isn't an after thought.
Organizers plan on doing another free cancer screening event at St. Mary's Hospital in Amsterdam on May 18th.