Senator Fuschillo To Sponsor No-out-of-pocket-cost Breast Screening Program At Freeport Library

Charles J. Fuschillo Jr.

February 03, 2005

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District), in conjunction with the Nassau Health Care Corporation, is hosting a no-out-of-pocket-cost breast cancer screening day on Thursday, March 17, 2005. The event is part of Senator Fuschillo’s year round program that offers no out of pocket cost breast screenings throughout the 8th Senatorial District.

"It is vital that women have this screening performed and make it an annual event in their lives," stated Senator Fuschillo. "Early detection is a key in overcoming breast cancer."

The screenings will be held at the Freeport Memorial Library, located at 144 W. Merrick Road in Freeport, from 8:30 a.m. and 2:10 p.m. Appointments are necessary and will be scheduled on first-come, first-served basis. On site nurses and technicians will provide a mammography, a clinical breast examination and instructions for self examination. Patients and their physicians will be notified of the exam results within two weeks.

All Nassau County women over forty years of age are welcome, regardless whether or not they have insurance. Women covered by insurance, Medicaid or Medicare will have their carrier billed, and must bring their information card to the screening. There are no out pocket costs for patients.

"Mammography vans are important because they provide examination access to people who may not otherwise have it," stated Geri Barish, President of "1 in 9: The Long Island Breast Cancer Action Coalition". "This preventive care leads to early detection, which is the best way to successful treatment."

Senator Fuschillo has been a leading advocate in the fight against cancer in the state. He wrote the law requiring New York State to match the money raised for the Breast Cancer Research and Education Fund through both the state income tax forms and the state's "Drive for the Cure" custom license plate program, which helps support research at New York academic medical institutions and public and private organizations.

For additional information or to make an appointment, please call Senator Fuschillo’s office at (516) 546-4100.