“I am grateful to have the ability to offer Staten Islanders these health screenings,” said Borough President Oddo. “I understand the importance of engaging in preventative measures and taking charge of your health, which is why I encourage all Staten Islanders to take advantage of these free screenings.”
On Thursday, October 10th from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, Project Renewal will be giving Breast Cancer Screenings at the Forest Avenue Shoppers Town (1553 Forest Avenue). An appointment must be made to get screened. To make an appointment, call Project Renewal at (800) 564-6868.
The screenings will be available to eligible women ages 40 and older who have not had a mammogram in the past year. All insurance plans will be accepted, and co-pays and deductibles will be waived. The mammograms will be free to uninsured women.
On Monday, October 21st from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm, Heart Scan Services will be giving Thyroid Screenings at Staten Island Borough Hall in Conference Room 125. An appointment must be made to be screened. Contact Irene Maiello at 718-816-2239 to reserve your appointment or click here.
The rate of diagnosis of thyroid cancer has increased in recent years due to improvements to technology. In many cases, physicians cannot feel a nodule, but cancer can be detected through ultrasound screenings. The survival rate of thyroid cancer is very high when found in early stages.
On Thursday, November 7th from 11:00 am to 2:30 pm a nurse from NYC Health and Hospitals will be giving out Flu Shots at Staten Island Borough Hall in Conference Room 125. No appointment is necessary to receive a flu shot. Those presenting for a flu shot need to sign a consent form and show photo ID.
Seasonal influenza, commonly called “flu,” is a contagious illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the respiratory tract (the nose, throat, and lungs) and can cause severe illness and life-threatening complications. Those at high risk for serious flu complications include pregnant women, children under five years of age, adults over 65, nursing home residents and people with other serious health conditions.
Some of the complications caused by flu include bacterial pneumonia, dehydration, and worsening of chronic medical conditions, such as congestive heart failure, asthma, or diabetes. Children may get sinus problems and ear infections. The flu can cause mild to severe illness for days, and in some cases can lead to more serious health problems and even death. It is estimated that every year in the United States, about 5% to 20% of the population gets flu, and more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu-related complications. Each year, more than 2,000 New Yorkers die from flu-related illness.