Bronx, N.Y. Assemblywoman Latoya Joyner (D-Bronx, 77th AD) announced the passage of a resolution in the New York State Assembly memorializing Gov. Andrew Cuomo to proclaim March 2017 as Bleeding Disorders Awareness Month in the State of New York. Adopted on March 2nd, K0146 is part of a statewide effort to expand public awareness about bleeding disorders.
As medical treatments for bleeding disorders improve, I am pleased to work so closely with the New York State Bleeding Disorders Coalition, a statewide organization of patient groups that are in the forefront of expanding awareness of this important public health concern, Assemblywoman Joyner said.
Bleeding disorders may affect more than one in 100 New Yorkers. They encompass a variety of genetic conditions including hemophilia, sickle cell anemia, and platelet disorders. Symptoms vary, and may include pain, disabling joint and muscle damage, organ failure and in severe cases death. Although there is treatment for these conditions, there is no cure.
Advancements in medical research and expanded access to care are enhancing the quality of life for people living with bleeding disorders, but public education remains vital, said Assemblywoman Joyner.