2008-09-26 / Community

Pheffer Announces Breast Cancer Grant

Assemblywoman Audrey I. Pheffer has announced that SHARE, Self-help for Women with Breast or Ovarian Cancer, in cooperation with the American Cancer Society, has received a grant in the amount of $160,000 from the New York State Legislature to expand and continue their New York State Ovarian Cancer Hotline.

This is the second year SHARE has received this grant from the New York State budget. The grant will aid in the continuation of the Ovarian Cancer Hotline, and facilitate SHARE's work in identifying and training ovarian cancer survivors throughout New York State to staff the Hotline. The New York State Ovarian Cancer Support Hotline telephone number is 1-866- 53SHARE (1-866-537-4237). Women diagnosed with ovarian cancer, or those with suspicious symptoms, receive peer support, information and access to statewide, regional and local resources. Over the course of the last two years, SHARE has trained 50 volunteers from 10 communities throughout New York State. Thirty-three volunteers are currently serving the Hotline. Most Hotline volunteers are ovarian cancer survivors; others are family members such as daughters, mothers and partners of ovarian cancer survivors who offer much needed support to family members and friends of survivors. "This tremendously important service being offered by SHARE helps many women suffering from this terrible disease and allows them a resource to turn to during their battle with ovarian cancer," said Pheffer. While ovarian cancer is not as common as breast cancer, it is the deadliest of gynecological cancers because its symptoms are easily confused with other health care problems. As a result, diagnosis often comes after the cancer has spread. At present, there is no reliable, easy-to-administer screening or diagnostic test. When ovarian cancer is detected early, over 90% of women live more than five years According to the New York State Department of Health Ovarian Cancer Information and Education Program, more than 1,700 women are newly diagnosed with ovarian cancer annually in New York State. Of these, more than 1,000 will die of the disease. SHARE is a not-for-profit organization that for 32 years has provided survivor led support free of charge for women with breast or ovarian cancer, their families and friends. SHARE's services include hotlines in English and Spanish, with capacity in 10 other languages, support groups, wellness and educational programs and advocacy groups. For more information, SHARE can be reached at 1-866-891- 2392 or visit www.sharecancersupport. org. Those women or family members interested in volunteering for the Hotline can contact Theresa Conti at ovarianconsultant@sharecancersupport. org.

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