October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Speaking on the October 30th (6am) edition of the weekly local public affairs program, Southern Tier Close Up, Broome County Health Department Supervising Public Health Educator, Carrie Horton and Public Health Representative, Laura Kelly talk about the importance of observing Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The two also talk about the importance of early screenings, some of the reasons why people avoid screenings, including fear of diagnosis and anxiety over treatment costs.

Horton and Kelly have reassuring news on the financial front as they talk about the Medicaid Cancer Treatment Program that can help pay medical costs for patients.

Both women and men are encouraged to conduct self-exams and talk to their doctors.

More information is available by calling the Southern Tier Cancer Services Program at (607) 778-3900, going to the Broome County Health Department website or the New York State Department of Health website.