COVID-19 ALERT: For the latest COVID-19 updates from CVPH, click here.



Cancer Services Program Hosting Screening Events for the Uninsured Program aims to make breast cancer screening more accessible

Cancer Services Program Hosting Screening Events for the Uninsured
Program aims to make breast cancer screening more accessible

Plattsburgh, N.Y. (10/10/2018) –The Cancer Services Program (CSP) of Northeastern NY, covering Clinton, Essex, and Franklin counties, will host several screening events in all three counties in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The screening events are open to women age 40 and older without insurance.

Administered by the University of Vermont Health Network – Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital (CVPH), the Cancer Services Program of Northeastern New York is a state funded initiative that provides breast, cervical and colon cancer screening to eligible New York residents. Call the Program at (518) 324-7671 to learn more or make an appointment at an upcoming screening.    

“The Cancer Services Program has a very important role in New York State’s mission to make breast cancer screening more accessible; we can help uninsured women get screened,” said Christina Porter, targeted outreach worker. “We are hosting multiple screening events throughout October to reach women in need of a mammogram.”

“If the screening test finds something abnormal, the Cancer Services Program pays for further testing and provides a case manager who guides clients through their follow-up appointments. If treatment is needed, we help eligible clients apply for New York State’s Medicaid Cancer Treatment Program,” said Porter. “We support our clients by helping them get all the care and services they may need.”

For women who are at average risk for breast cancer (for example, no family or personal history of breast cancer, or no genetic risk), the United States Preventive Services Task Force recommends a mammogram every two years between 50 and 74 years of age. However, some women may need to be screened younger than age 50 or more often based on their risk factors or symptoms.

Any woman, or man, who has symptoms or changes in their breasts, should schedule an appointment with their health care provider immediately.

“It’s very important that women talk with a health care provider about their personal risk for breast cancer and any concerns or questions they may have about breast cancer symptoms. A woman’s best chance for survival is finding breast cancer early through regularly scheduled mammograms,” said Porter. “We can help women without insurance find a regular doctor to talk about screening if it’s needed.”

Visit the New York State Department of Health website for more information about breast cancer, including prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.



About Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital
The University of Vermont Health Network - Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital is a private, not-for profit hospital and a subsidiary of Community Providers Inc., (CPI). Established in 1967 with the merger of Champlain Valley and Physicians hospitals, CVPH joined Fletcher Allen Partners in 2012, which in 2014, became The University of Vermont Health Network.  Together with its partners, Alice Hyde Medical Center, Central Vermont Medical Center, Elizabethtown Community Hospital and the University of Vermont Medical Center, CVPH provides high quality, cost effective care, close to home. Services include an award winning cardiac services program, accredited cancer center, freestanding ambulatory surgery center, comprehensive rehabilitation services and a 24 hour physician-staffed Emergency Care Center.  Governed by a 15-member Board of Directors, CVPH is accredited by the Joint Commission and licensed by New York State and Medicare/Medicaid approved.  Learn more at or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.



About The University of Vermont Health Network

The University of Vermont Health Network is an academic health system that is comprised of six affiliate hospitals, a multi-specialty medical group, and a home health agency. We serve  the residents of Vermont and northern New York with a shared mission: working together, we improve people’s lives.  Our partners include:



Our 4,000 health care professionals are driven to provide high-quality, cost-efficient care as close to home as possible. Strengthened by our academic connection to the University of Vermont, each of our hospitals remains committed to its local community by providing compassionate, personal care shaped by the latest medical advances and delivered by highly skilled experts.