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Cancer Services

Regular screenings save lives

Cancer Services Program of Suffolk County at Peconic Bay Medical Center

A program of Peconic Bay Medical Center, in partnership with the Suffolk County Cancer Services Program, funded by the NYS Department of Health.

When it comes to cancer, early detection saves lives. At Peconic Bay Medical Center, our Suffolk County Cancer Services Program is regionally acclaimed for its proactive approach to patient care. We are here for you through every step of the process, from initial screening through creating an individualized, state-of-the-art cancer treatment plan.

There’s a reason why Peconic Bay Medical Center is considered a top Long Island medical center, and that’s because we put patients first. We believe that every person in Suffolk County deserves access to high-quality health care, especially cancer screenings. As part of our cancer services program, we offer free cancer screening to uninsured residents of Suffolk County who meet eligibility requirements.

Who should get screened, and when?

Many factors contribute to your risk of developing cancer, including age, gender and genetics. Regular cancer screenings can help detect a problem in its earliest stages, increasing the chance of survival.

Breast, cervical and colon cancer often show no early symptoms, so screenings are the only safe route to early detection.

Breast cancer screening
  • Women 40 and older, or those at high risk
Cervical cancer screening
  • Women 40 and older
Colorectal cancer screening
  • Women and men, 45 and older
Prostate cancer screening
  • Men 50 and older 

What to expect from a cancer screening

A cancer screening is a routine part of a comprehensive health exam. Knowing what to expect can help you prepare.

Breast cancer screenings
  • A mammogram is a special x-ray of the breast. During a screening mammogram, images are typically taken from two different angles to allow the doctor to get a complete picture of the breast tissue
  • A physician performs a clinical breast exam to determine whether you have any changes or abnormalities in your breasts.
Cervical cancer screenings
  • A Pap test involves taking a small sample of cells from the cervix. These cells can be tested to determine if they are cancerous or precancerous.
  • The pelvic exam is a physical examination in which the physician examines the pelvic organs for abnormalities.
Colorectal cancer screening
  • The American Cancer Society recommends people at average risk of colorectal cancer start regular screenings at age 45. Ask your doctor which kind of screenings are right for you.
  • Blood in the stool is a sign of precancerous polyps or colon cancer, but it can be difficult to observe. The fecal immunochemical test kit is a state-of-the-art test of a stool sample to determine whether blood may be present. 
  • During a colonoscopy, the doctor examines the large intestine’s inner lining using a probe equipped with a high-resolution camera.

Testing and treatment

If screening tests find something abnormal, diagnostic testing services are available for eligible men and women at no cost.

If breast, cervical or colorectal cancer is found, eligible men and women may be able to enroll in the NYS Medicaid Cancer Treatment Program to receive full coverage for the entire time they are being treated for cancer.

Additional Support

Men diagnosed with prostate cancer by a doctor in this program may be able to enroll in the NYS Medicaid Cancer Treatment Program as well. (The Program does not offer free prostate cancer screening or diagnostic services).

Learn about our Breast Cancer Support Network

Launched in collaboration with the North Fork Breast Health Coalition, the program will offer both in-person and virtual resources including support groups for patients who are 18 months from diagnosis of breast cancer and those with metastatic breast cancer.

For more information, contact:
Maureen O’Connor, Director of Cancer Services Program of Suffolk County at Peconic Bay Medical Center
Phone: (631) 548-6320, extension 1400

Take charge of your health

Schedule a screening for yourself or for someone you love. Your action today could save a life. For more information or to schedule a screening, call today:
(631) 548-6320

Insurance coverages

Cancer screenings are covered under almost all policies. Deductibles may apply. Check with your insurer for details. The Suffolk County Cancer Services Program is for residents of Suffolk County.

Not insured? Not sure?

You may be eligible for free screenings based on age, income and residence requirements. To learn more, call (631) 548-6320.

Listen to the experts

Nicole Menard, outreach coordinator for the Cancer Services Program of Suffolk County, discusses the importance of early detection and screenings during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, as well as the resources available to residents of Eastern Suffolk County.

Click here to listen