Free health screening for women at E’town hospital

ELIZABETHTOWN – The University of Vermont Health Network-Elizabethtown Community Hospital and The Cancer Services Program of Northeastern New York have partnered to host a free women’s health screening. The event will be held at the hospital’s Ticonderoga Campus on Monday, May 13 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“Screening is critical to the prevention and treatment of breast cancer and chronic illness,” said The Cancer Services Program Coordinator DiDi Remchuk. “We are working with partners like Elizabethtown Community Hospital to make health screening for women more accessible, especially for those without insurance.”

Examinations will be offered at no cost to women without health insurance. For those with health insurance, copays will be waived and health insurance will be billed when applicable. Appointments for screenings are required and can be reserved by calling 518-324-7671.

Event attendees will have access to a range of services including mammography and clinical breast exam; pap/pelvic test; colon screening (if eligible); bone density; cholesterol; A1C (blood sugar); body mass index; blood pressure; and pulse oximetry (oxygen level). Free refreshments, giveaways, and prize drawings will also be available.

“Early detection can save lives,” said Julie Tromblee, vice president and chief nursing officer at Elizabethtown Community Hospital. “Treatment can be more successful when these diseases are caught at an early stage.”

The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends women between the ages of 50 and 74 at average risk for breast cancer (no family or personal history of breast cancer) have a mammogram every two years. For women at average risk of colorectal cancer, the USPSTF recommends women at average risk of colorectal cancer start regular screening at age 50. For more information on the USPSTF recommendations please visit www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org.

The CSP of Northeastern New York offers breast, cervical, and colon cancer screening to eligible New York residents. It is administered by the University of Vermont Health Network – Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital in Clinton, Essex, and Franklin Counties.

At Elizabethtown Community Hospital, Dr. Lynne Macco provides women’s health care on Mondays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dr. Macco has experience in gynecology and women’s reproductive health, as well as specialized training in medical acupuncture. For more information, visit UVMHealth.org/ECH or call 518-873-6377.

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