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Patient oncology navigator joins Putnam Hospital

Posted: 7/9/2020

Maribel Figueroa has joined Putnam Hospital as a patient oncology navigator, a position that assists women in getting proper breast screenings and follow-up care.

“This is a great opportunity to expand breast cancer screening services to underserved women, regardless of their insurance status,” Figueroa said.

Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among women in New York, according to the state Department of Health. It is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among women in the state.

In 2016, Putnam Hospital received funding through Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s statewide initiative to increase breast cancer screenings by 10 percent in five years. This initiative is being implemented with support from Health Research, Inc. and the New York State Department of Health.

It is important for women to get routine breast cancer screenings. Regular checkups and screening tests can find breast cancer at an earlier stage, when it is easiest to treat.

Figueroa provides women with health information and education on breast cancer screenings, identifies and reduces barriers to getting screened and supports them through the entire process. She is bilingual in English and Spanish.

To learn more about the program and/or to speak with Figueroa, please call 845-230-4791 (TTY 800-421-1220) or email mfiguer2@health-quest.org.

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