Gov. Hochul announces state landmarks will be lit pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Gov. Kathy Hochul announced today that tonight, October 16, a dozen state landmarks will be illuminated pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The lighting aims to recognize the importance of routine screening and early detection to catch breast cancer — still the most commonly diagnosed cancer in New York — at an earlier stage and when treatment is most effective.

“During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we honor those we lost to this tragic disease and all the brave New Yorkers who are still fighting it,” said Gov. Hochul. “By illuminating these landmarks in pink, we recognize the progress that has been made, the work that still needs to be done, and the unwavering support we offer to the heroic survivors. This October, I encourage all New Yorkers to learn more about the importance of self-exams and routine mammograms-simple steps we can take to help fight this insidious disease.”

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death in women, with an estimated one in eight women developing the disease in their lifetime. More than 16,800 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year in New York and about 2,500 die from breast cancer, according to statistics from the State Department of Health; About 160 men are also diagnosed with this disease each year.

dr Mary T. Bassett, Commissioner of the New York State Department of Health, said, “The pain of losing a loved one to cancer is real to too many New Yorkers. During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we remember those we’ve lost and honor the combatants and survivors. The Department of Health will continue to lay a foundation for equitable access to screening, early intervention and quality care through continued investment, sound policies and community-based partnerships.”

Illuminated landmarks and bridges include:

  • A World Trade Center
  • Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge
  • Kosciuszko Bridge
  • The H. Carl McCall SUNY Building
  • State educational building
  • Alfred E. Smith State Office Building
  • Empire State Plaza
  • State Fairgrounds – Main Gate & Expo Center
  • niagara falls
  • The “Franklin D. Roosevelt” Mid-Hudson Bridge
  • Gateway to Albany International Airport
  • The Lake Placid Olympic Center
  • Fairport Lift Bridge over the Erie Canal

Far too often, women can’t get important early intervention because they don’t have insurance: About two-thirds of women ages 50 to 74 without health insurance were screened in 2020, according to a new report from the New York State Department of Health. In comparison, about 83 percent of women with health insurance were examined.

In addition, breast cancer takes a disproportionate toll on women of color. While non-Hispanic Caucasian women have the highest prevalence of breast cancer, non-Hispanic Black women have the highest mortality rates, underscoring the gaping racial disparities in health outcomes.

New York State continues to take state-leading steps to bridge gaps in breast cancer outcomes and improve access to diagnosis and treatment. Earlier this month, a new funding opportunity was released to provide state grants to 21 organizations to run the New York State Cancer Services Program in their communities. The grantees will cover all counties and boroughs in New York and will focus their efforts on those who do not have access to services and bear a disproportionate burden of cancer, including those without insurance, to reduce health disparities; For more information on this funding opportunity, visit the New York State Grants Gateway.

Last week, Gov. Hochul signed legislation in support of breast cancer survivors to ensure those who choose breast reconstruction surgery after a mastectomy or partial mastectomy have adequate insurance coverage.

The most important action women and New Yorkers can take is routine breast cancer screening. To reduce your risk of developing breast cancer, the State Department of Health is reminding New Yorkers:

  • Be aware of family history and discuss concerns with a healthcare provider.
  • Discuss using hormone replacement therapy with a healthcare provider.
  • Studies have shown that prolonged breastfeeding reduces the risk of breast cancer.
  • Stay at a healthy weight.
  • Do sports regularly.
  • Discuss the risks and benefits of medical imaging, such as: B. CT scans, with a healthcare provider to avoid unnecessary exposure to ionizing radiation.

New Yorkers should speak to a healthcare provider about a mammogram. Those who don’t have insurance or a healthcare provider may still be able to get tested: Call the New York State Cancer Services Program at 1-866-442-CANCER (2262) to find a location nearby.

The New York State Cancer Services Program offers free breast cancer screening to eligible, uninsured New York residents in all counties and counties. The call is free and the operators are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. New Yorkers can also visit our community program listing to find a local program by county or borough and call directly.

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