Smith Urges Breast Cancer Awareness
Noting that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, State Senator Malcolm A. Smith (D-Queens) today said women with low-incomes can still take steps to ensure they remain healthy. “As parents and caregivers, we always put the needs of our family before our own. Women who struggle to provide for their families also put their health on the back burner. Sadly, too many women are unaware of the resources available to them, including the Adelphi University’s Breast Cancer Hotline and Support Program,” Senator Smith said. The Hotline’s phone number is 1-800-877-8077. The Queens lawmaker noted that breast cancer is the most common form of cancer among women in the United States, with one in eight women receiving that diagnosis at some point in their lives. Among the known risk factors are family history, late menses/early menopause, obesity and being over the age of 50. Suspected factors include dietary fat, a lack of exercise and such environmental considerations as electromagnetic fields, pollution, radiation and pesticides. “The Hotline’s referrals for free or low-cost mammograms are just the beginning of its services. Its 100 volunteers, many of whom are breast cancer survivors, also offer emotional support, and information about insurance, second opinions, support groups and reconstruction,” Senator Smith said.