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No more excuses: Free program improves access to mammograms

What would it take for you to get screened for breast cancer?

The Upstate Cancer Center has someone who will

* schedule the mammogram appointment for you,

Liz Fuertes-Binder

Liz Fuertes-Binder

* explain what to expect during the exam,

* navigate any insurance requirements,

* help arrange child or elder care,

* set up any transportation and

* provide assistance with any follow-ups after the initial appointment.

Her name is Liz Fuertes-Binder. She‘s the screening navigator, and her services are offered without charge.

“Mammograms save lives,” she said. “It is important that women get screened regularly, because breast cancer diagnosed early is most treatable.”

The American College of Radiology says that since 1990 mammography has helped reduce breast cancer mortality by 40 percent.

Upstate‘s free community patient navigator program is paid for by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers‘ Patient Navigator Project, which seeks to increase breast cancer screenings by 10 percent over the next five years.

Reach Fuertes-Binder by calling 315-464-5267 or emailing fuertese@upstate.edu

Cancer Care magazine summer 2017 coverThis article appears in the summer 2017 issue of Cancer Care magazine.