For information about reducing your risk of cancer and referrals to local services, including free cancer screening programs, call (845) 364-3857. For all medical questions contact your health care provider.
Un-insured or under-insured? The New York State Department of Health's Cancer Services Program of the Hudson Valley Region provides FREE breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screening tests and follow-up services to un-insured or under-insured County residents who meet eligibility requirements. For more information and appointments, call toll-free at (855) 277-4482. Services covered by the program include colorectal cancer screening for men and women 50 & older or at high risk for colorectal cancer, and clinical breast exam, Pap test and screening mammogram for women 40 & older or at high risk for breast cancer.
- American Cancer Society
- Cancer Information and Services
- Cancer Services at Good Samaritan Hospital and Nyack Hospital
- Cancer Survivorship
- Clinical Trials (information from American Cancer Society and National Cancer Institute)
- Free or Low-cost Health Insurance Programs and Healthy NY
- Glossary of cancer-related words
- Rockland County Cancer Data (from the Rockland County Community Health Assessment 2014-2017)
Eight Steps You Can Take To Help Reduce Your Risk Of Cancer!
1. Don't Smoke! and if you do smoke, make plans to quit. The best way to prevent lung cancer is to quit (or never start) smoking. The sooner the better, even if you have been smoking for many years. For programs in Rockland County that can help you quit, visit our Quit Smoking Program or call 845-364-2651.
2. Stay at a Healthy Weight. Being overweight or obese raises your risk of many types of cancer and many other serious health problems. But losing even a few pounds can help reduce these risks! For programs in Rockland that can help you lose weight click here or call (845) 364-2500.
3. Eat Right. One of the most important things you can do to reduce your risk of cancer and other serious diseases is to eat a healthy diet. For programs in Rockland County that can help you eat right, click here or call (845) 364-2500.
4. Get Moving! Being physically active for at least 30 minutes on five or more days each week can help you not only look and feel better, but it can also help reduce your risk of cancer and other serious diseases. For programs in Rockland that can help you be more active click here or call (845) 364-2500.
5. If you drink alcohol, limit how much you drink. Alcohol use has been linked to increased risk of several types of cancer. The risk increases with the amount of alcohol you drink. The American Cancer Society recommends that people who drink alcohol limit their intake to no more than 2 drinks per day for men and 1 drink a day for women.
6. Be Safe in the Sun. Learn about some of the damaging effects that too much sun exposure can have on the skin. You'll also find tips to help you protect yourself and your family from getting too much sun.
7. See Your Doctor for Regular Check-Ups. Your doctor can help you make healthy lifestyle choices, as well as test you for health problems to catch them at an early stage, when they can be treated more easily. You and your family may qualify for free or low-cost health insurance depending on your income and family size.
8. Get Screened for Cancer. Talk to your doctor about your own cancer risk, which screening tests are right for you, when you should get them and about other steps you can take to protect yourself. For free breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screening tests and follow-up services for uninsured or under-insured county residents who meet eligibility requirements, call the Cancer Services Program of the Hudson Valley Region at 1-855-277-4482.