According to Dr. Caridad Fuertes, a specialist in Bassett’s radiology department, the project will allow old equipment to be replaced with new, state-of-the-art technology that will help with early detection of breast cancer. It will also allow for the radiology space to be redesigned, in order to create more privacy and an overall better experience for breast-care patients.
Reneé Scialdo Shevat, president of the board of Friends of Bassett Healthcare Network, said sh’s very excited to be a part of the project, which will take better care of women in central New York.
“We know early detection is critical to giving women the best opportunity for beating many forms of cancer and as a woman myself, I know how stressful such medical visits can be,” Shevat said. “The fundraising campaign undertaken by the Friends for a Women’s Imaging Center will allow Bassett to bring in the latest technology and redesign the space to provide an overall better patient experience.”
In addition to fundraising from cider sales, Fly Creek’s event will feature Bassett Cancer Institute’s mobile medical screening coach. Information on cancer prevention and screening will be available, as well as tours of the mobile coach. On Sunday, the Cancer Services Program of Delaware, Otsego and Schoharie Counties will provide free health screenings and exams, including mammograms and pelvic, breast and pap tests, for uninsured women over 40 and uninsured men over 50.
According to the American Cancer Society, about 232,340 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be found this year, and the chance of a woman having invasive breast cancer during her life is about 1 in 8. Breast cancer will cause about 39,620 deaths this year alone.
The American Cancer Society suggests that any woman with a history of breast or ovarian cancer in their immediate family or in either parent’s extended family should talk with her doctor because it may suggest the presence of a genetic predisposition to cancer. Younger women should be especially watchful of this, because young women’s cancer tends to be the hereditary and/or more aggressive types.