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Cancer Services Program Provides Free Screening - Cervical cancer can be prevented with regular screening

Cancer Services Program Provides Free Screening
Cervical cancer can be prevented with regular screening


PLATTSBURGH, NY (1/1/2019) – January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month and a good time for women to consider when they were last screened. Cervical cancer is most often found in women who rarely get screened or have never been screened. The Cancer Services Program (CSP) of Northeastern New York, which is administered by the University of Vermont Health Network – Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital (CVPH), offers free screening to uninsured women age 40 and older.


“Our program can help close the screening gap for women without insurance,” said Christina Battinelli, Targeted Outreach Worker for CSP. “According to the most recent New York State data (2016), about 71% of women without insurance have had a Pap test within the past three years, compared to roughly 88% of women with health insurance.”


Unlike many other cancers, cervical cancer can be prevented. Screening tests can help prevent cervical cancer by finding the cells that lead to cancer. Those cells can then be removed before cancer starts. In addition, most cervical cancers are caused by the human papilloma virus, or HPV. Being vaccinated against HPV can also prevent cervical cancer. 


Early on, cervical cancer does not usually have symptoms, which makes regular screening the key to an early diagnosis. Screening can find cancer early, when treatment may be most effective.


“Some women are at higher risk for cervical cancer. Women who smoke are about twice as likely to get cervical cancer compared to non-smokers, and cervical cancer is more often found in women over the age of 30.  We encourage women not to delay their screening, and to talk to their doctor or call the Cancer Services Program,” said Battinelli.


For more information about risk factors for cervical cancer, visit To learn more about the Cancer Services Program of Northeastern New York call (518) 324-7660.


To find a Cancer Services Program in your community, visit call 1-866-442-CANCER (2262) or visit


For information about insurance options, visit the New York State of Health: The Official Health Plan Marketplace at or call 1-855-355-5777.



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.