Health Fair to focus on cancer screening

CHESTERTOWN Warren County District Attorney Kate Hogan is no stranger to breast cancer. She recently had a double mastectomy because of the high risk she faced of contracting the disease. My mother had breast cancer in 82, 87, 92 and 04, she said. She died in 2004. Hogan said her mother was very open about her disease, even in the 80s when people just didnt talk about it. She recently met a woman in her 50s from the Chestertown area who had never had a mammogram or any form of breast cancer screening, and has decided to do something about it. The main reason that women dont get screened is because they have kids to take care of, or dont have insurance and cant afford it, Hogan said. We are removing those obstacles and bringing the screening to them. On Saturday, Oct. 27, Hogan has organized several area groups into a collaboration that will hold a Fall Family Health Festival at the Chester Community Center in Chestertown. The health fair is from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. and will offer no cost mammograms, but that is just part of the days activities. Women with children can bring them to enjoy fun activities for the whole family. There will be face painting, cookie decorating, music and games, a bouncy house, balloons and more to entertain them. Well also get people qualified for health plans, Hogan said. We also have a plan to make sure women come back each year for screening. She plans to have volunteers on hand that will partner with women coming in for their first screening who will call them back next year and remind them to have another one. This will be an annual event, Hogan said. Well move it to different areas of the North Country each year. Women who would like a free mammogram during the health festival can call for an appointment at 800-882-0121. Glens Falls Hospital is sending its Mammovan, and other groups involved include the Adirondack Womens Bar Association, Catholic Charities Domestic Violence Project, Sallys Catering, Orthopedic and Spine Physical Therapy, Warren County Public Health, the YMCA, Price Chopper, Health Living Partnership, Hudson Headwaters Health Network and the American Cancer Society.

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