April 23, 2013, Brooklyn, NY...We believe every birthday you celebrate is a victory. As the American Cancer Society turns 100, we want to give you the best birthday gift--the gift of life. The American Cancer Society is dedicated to creating a world with less cancer and more birthdays. 14 million cancer survivors will celebrate another birthday this year, our birthday wish is that we don't stop there.
This April, the American Cancer Society, Telemundo 47, and Lutheran Family Health Centers have teamed up to provide free cancer screenings to men and women in our community through the New York State Cancer Services Program. Free screenings offered will be mammograms and cervical cancer testing for women; and colorectal screening for men and women.
Lutheran Family Health Centers in Brooklyn, NY will schedule cervical screenings on April 25 to uninsured women with scheduled screening mammograms to follow. Interested women should call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 to sign up for a free screening during the promotion, which takes place on April 25. Important to note—free screenings for uninsured residents are provided year round at Lutheran Family Health Centers and other facilities across the metro area through the Cancer Services Program, which provides free cancer screening in every county throughout New York State.
"Life-saving screenings for cancer continue to be top priority," said Judy McLaughlin, R.N., AVP, Women's Health and Network Support, Lutheran Family Health Centers. "If detected early, breast, cervical and colon cancer are highly treatable and beatable. We are grateful to the American Cancer Society, Telemundo and the New York State Cancer Services Program for partnering with us in this vital cancer screening effort that will have a positive impact on the health and well being of the minority communities we serve."
"Taking care of yourself may be the most important thing that you can do for your family, it's the best birthday gift", said Dr. Alvaro Carrascal, vice president of cancer control for the American Cancer Society. "We want Latinos to take charge of their health it's our commitment to the wellbeing of the Hispanic community, because early detection of cancer is critical and it can save thousands of lives."
Telemundo 47 has partnered with the American Cancer Society in this campaign in order to bring this this life saving message in April during National Minority Health Awareness Month to encourage men and women to give themselves the most precious gift of all--- life. Make sure those you love have "birthday check-ups" too.
About 59,200 new cancer cases in women and 53,600 cases in men are expected to be diagnosed among Hispanics this year. Cancer screenings can save lives. Studies show that early detection, along with appropriate treatment can save lives and give you more options.
Celebrate each birthday with good health. With your help, we can create a world with even more celebrations, more laughter and more birthdays for all. People who don't have insurance or who have expensive co-pays, are encouraged to call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 to schedule their free screening during the "Mi Deseo de Cumpleaños " campaign on April 25th.
For information on cancer screening guidelines, or if you have been diagnosed and need assistance, call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.
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About Lutheran Family Health Centers
The Lutheran Family Health Centers (LFHC), based in Sunset Park, is a federally qualified community-based ambulatory health care system affiliated with Lutheran HealthCare. LFHC is recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance as a Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home. LFHC is one of the largest health center networks in the country serving as southwest Brooklyn's medical home for more than 40 years. With nine full-time community health centers, 32 school-based health centers and community programs, including three WIC programs, adult and family literacy programs, three child care centers and a family wellness center, the network is the primary medical provider for approximately 92,000 people providing nearly 600,000 patient visits per year. Learn more at www.LutheranFamilyHealthCenters.com and visit http://bit.ly/rRGASG to connect with Lutheran on social media.
About the American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers saving lives and fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society's efforts have contributed to a 20 percent decline in cancer death rates in the U.S. since 1991, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates. Thanks in part to our progress nearly 14 million Americans who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will celebrate more birthdays this year. As we mark our 100th birthday in 2013, we're determined to finish the fight against cancer. We're finding cures as the nation's largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings, clean air, and more. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.
WNJU-TV Channel 47, a Telemundo Owned & Operated station broadcasts throughout the New York, New Jersey & Connecticut tri-state area, the country's largest television market and second largest Hispanic market. WNJU was established in 1965 as the first Spanish-language television station in New York and began broadcasting Telemundo network programming in 1988. Now in its 39th year, WNJU continues to be one of the area's most important media outlets for the fast growing Hispanic community of New York and New Jersey.