More Than $39.3 Million Awarded to Implement the New York State Cancer Services Program to Increase Access to Free Screening for Low-Income, At-Risk New Yorkers.
Albany, NY - June 6, 2018 - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that more than $43.8 million will be awarded to support cancer prevention and early detection programs statewide over the next five years. The programs receiving these funds participate in the New York State Cancer Services Program, which aims to reduce disparities in breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer incidence and mortality through free cancer screening for uninsured and underinsured, low-income populations. Programs participating in the Cancer Prevention in Action Program, which is tasked with engaging community stakeholders to reinforce healthy behaviors and reduce cancer risk, will also receive funding.
"The threat of cancer knows no income level nor status, and New York is working to ensure that all men and women have access to the life-saving benefits of early detection and prevention services," Governor Cuomo said. "This investment is a major step forward in our efforts to support healthy communities while securing New York's position as a leader in cancer prevention efforts. We will continue to work to raise awareness and promote access to high quality screening for all."
"Though we have seen great advances in detection and treatment, we know the fight against cancer continues each and every day," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "With a coordinated effort focused on saving lives, New York remains committed to investing in cancer prevention efforts in communities across the state. Our most vulnerable citizens continue to face healthcare disparities, and this latest round of funding will help to close the gap and ensure more New Yorkers have the access they need to reduce their risk and detect cancer early."
Reducing Disparities Through the Cancer Services Program
Beginning October 1, 2018, a total of $39,375,000 will be awarded over a five-year period statewide to 22 hospitals, community-based organizations and county health departments in distinct service regions to implement the New York State Cancer Services Program. The program will help reduce disparities in breast, cervical and colorectal cancer incidence and mortality by providing free screening to uninsured and underinsured women and men who are at or below the federal poverty level. The CSP supports an organized system of cancer screening across the state, ensuring that the most vulnerable New Yorkers receive cancer screening and diagnostic services, and access to treatment if needed. Awardees will help make the critical connection with health care providers in their regions to offer high-quality breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer screening and diagnostic follow-up services to CSP-eligible clients.
Prevention and Awareness for At-Risk Populations Through the Cancer Prevention in Action Program
Over the same five-year period, $4,500,000 in funding will be awarded to four organizations to implement the New York State CPiA program to engage community champions to educate and provide resources and promote systems change interventions that address key areas of cancer prevention, including paid time off for screenings, reducing the risk of skin cancer among teens and other at-risk groups, and promoting the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine.
For a listing of Cancer Services Program awardees and Cancer Prevention in Action Program awardees, click here.
While most common in older adults, melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, is the fourth most common cancer in young adults aged 20-34 years in New York State. As many as 90 percent of melanomas are estimated to be caused by ultraviolet radiation from the sun and artificial sources such as indoor tanning.
Every cancer diagnosis is estimated to annually cost a business over $1,500 in lost productivity. Paid time off for cancer screening that is not charged against sick or vacation accruals encourages employees to obtain age-appropriate screenings.
Each year, nearly 2,500 New York residents are diagnosed with an HPV-related cancer, including cancers of the cervix and oropharynx. Many of these cancers could be prevented with the HPV vaccine which is recommended for 11 and 12-year old girls and boys and through age 26 for young women, and age 21 for young men.
Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker, said, "Governor Cuomo continues to ensure resources are available to promote access to cancer screening and prevention education those at-risk. These awards support programs that will make a real difference in New Yorkers' health statewide."
Senate Health Committee Chair Kemp Hannon said, "Increased access to cancer screenings will save lives. This funding will expand programs throughout the state and help countless men and women. I'm pleased this year's budget built on previous efforts to invest in health care and expand on early detection efforts and cancer services regardless of insurance status."
Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard N. Gottfried said, "Early detection saves lives. Cost should never be a barrier to care. New York's cancer services programs are doing great public health work educating, screening, and diagnosing New Yorkers regardless of income."
For more information about Cancer Screening and Prevention, please click here.
For more information about the Department of Health-supported Cancer Community Programs, click here.