2009-10-02 / Top Stories

Huntley Promotes Breast Cancer Awareness

Recognizing October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Senator Shirley L. Huntley reminded New Yorkers how important it is to take the time to schedule their annual mammogram.

With breast cancer rates on the rise in recent decades, it is recommended that a clinical breast exam by a trained medical professional begin at age 20 and be done a minimum of every three years until the age of 40; women over 40 should undergo breast exams every year.

"Last year, there were 19,000 African-American women newly diagnosed with breast cancer, and 6,000 deaths. Those are third-world country numbers.

"That is unacceptable. We are not surviving it as well as other groups and that has to change," said Gabrielle Union, Spokesperson for the Susan G. Komen Circle of Promise.

"Breast cancer can be treated effectively when detected early," said Huntley. "Early detection happens when mammograms are received on an annual basis, especially for women 40 or older. People often believe that breast cancer won't happen to them, but it can affect anyone, including men."

According to the American Cancer Society, while breast cancer occurs primarily in women, men are affected too, as a malignant tumor can take hold in any breast tissue.

Those who are interested in more information on breast cancer, including how to conduct self-examinations for women and men, visit http://www.adelphi.edu/nysbreastcancer/ index.html.

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