2003-10-10 / Community

Smith Encourages Breast Cancer Screening

Smith Encourages Breast Cancer Screening

State Senator Malcolm A. Smith has announced, that in light of October being designated as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Adelphi New York Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline and Support Program is urging women to call their toll-free hotline to find out where they can receive a free or low-cost mammogram.

"Many women – especially low-income women – never undergo a mammogram examination because they feel they cannot afford it," Smith said. "Free or low-cost mammograms are available to women throughout Queens, and the Adelphi Breast Cancer Hotline staff will direct them to where they can receive this lifesaving test at little or no cost.

According to Smith, breast cancer is the second most common cancer among American women, with skin cancer being the most prevalent form of this disease. Among African-American women, it is the most common cancer, and 1 in 8 American women will be diagnosed with this insidious killer. With early detection, though more treatment options are available and many lives are saved.

The Adelphi New York Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline and Support Program receive nearly 4,000 calls each year. It was founded in 1980 and serves as a clearinghouse for breast cancer resources and organizations throughout New York State. In addition to providing valuable information on mammogram testing, callers can also receive emotional support from the hotline staff, many who are breast cancer survivors.

"Countless women have been helped as a direct result of this hotline and support program," said Smith. "Critical, lifesaving information is readily available by simply making a telephone call."

According to statistics, the vast majority of mammograms – approximately 95 percent – turn out to be normal. "By taking that initial step and getting a mammogram, most women will be rewarded with the invaluable gift of peace of mind," Smith noted. "I encourage women to utilize this valuable resource."

To learn about the availability of free or low-cost mammograms, or to discuss any other concern about breast cancer, interested individuals may call the Adelphi New York Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline at (800)-877-8077. Information is also available on their website at www. adelphi.edu/nysbreastcancer.

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