NYC Health + Hospitals today reminded New Yorkers to schedule screening mammograms and other breast cancer screenings as the system observes Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Delaying critical health screenings can lead to later diagnosis of serious diseases, such as cancer. The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends that women aged 50-74 years old have a mammogram every two years. Women 40-49 and over 74 years old should talk to their doctor and decide whether to have breast cancer screenings. To schedule a mammogram, New Yorkers can call 844-NYC-4NYC to make an appointment with their primary care provider (PCP) or to get a new PCP.
“We must use every available health tool to ensure our bodies are as healthy as possible. While we have had our daily routines disrupted with such disasters as pandemics, hurricanes, and floods – it is important to remember that preventive health care and cancer screenings make a difference in the life we live. This includes critical health screenings, such as mammograms that could help detect breast cancers early on and increase chances of minimally invasive treatments and remission,” said NYC Health + Hospitals Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer Machelle Allen, MD.
All NYC Health + Hospitals patients now have the option to access care from their home through a phone or tablet when it’s clinically safe to do so, including primary care and over 90 specialty care services. Phone and video visits offer a safe alternative for many patients and reduce the time physically spent in a hospital or clinic. Referrals for breast cancer screenings can be made as part of a routine virtual visit with your provider.
Delaying critical health screenings can lead to later diagnosis of serious diseases, such as cancer. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported an 87 percent decline in the total number of cancer screening tests received by women through its National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program during April 2020 as compared with the previous five-year averages for that month, which coincided with the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the American Cancer Society, it is estimated that more than 43,000 people this year will die from breast cancer in the U.S., with an estimated 281,550 new cases of invasive breast cancer being diagnosed.
NYC Health + Hospitals is committed to providing care to all New Yorkers regardless of ability to pay or immigration status with low- to no-cost health care options. Financial counseling is available for everyone without health insurance to access low-cost insurance or register for the NYC Care health care access program. In addition, our social workers and care coordinators can meet with patients over the phone or in-person to discuss any social needs. NYC Health + Hospitals “whole person” approach to health care remains a priority during this pandemic.
To make an appointment or find a doctor, please call 844-NYC-4NYC, and click here for more information on breast health.
NYC Health + Hospitals is the largest public health care system in the nation serving more than a million New Yorkers annually in more than 70 patient care locations across the city’s five boroughs. A robust network of outpatient, neighborhood-based primary and specialty care centers anchors care coordination with the system’s trauma centers, nursing homes, post-acute care centers, home care agency, and MetroPlus health plan—all supported by 11 essential hospitals. Its diverse workforce of more than 42,000 employees is uniquely focused on empowering New Yorkers, without exception, to live the healthiest life possible. For more information, visit www.nychealthandhospitals.org and stay connected on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NYCHealthSystem or Twitter at @NYCHealthSystem.