October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

September 30, 2005

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and I would like to take this opportunity to remind the women in our lives to schedule their annual mammograms. The Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline and Support Program, which has volumes of information and expert staff available to answer questions, is available to help women find centers offering this service.

The hot line, in existence for 25 years, is a project of the Adelphi University School of Social Work on Long Island, and it’s funded by the state Legislature and Health Department. The hot line receives nearly 3,500 calls each year from concerned women and men throughout New York state and attracts 400,000 visitors to the program Web site. Questions about breast cancer, mammograms and protection from the disease are answered by breast cancer survivors. The most effective ways to battle breast cancer are early detection and diagnosis.

We all have very special women in our lives who mean so much to us: wives, mothers, sisters, daughters and countless others. Please, take this opportunity to remind and encourage these women to have mammograms. Many people assume they cannot afford mammograms, but the hot line and other services like it offer ways for people to be helped at little to no cost for New Yorkers in need.

Early detection is the best defense we have against breast cancer. When discovered early, a large percentage of women survive this dreaded disease. I recommend that individuals make appointments for testing as soon as possible.

For more information and to locate an accredited mammography facility nearby, call the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline and Support Program toll-free at (800) 877-8077. Callers with limited income can also find out about low-cost and free mammograms.