Opinion

With Mother's Day approaching on May 10, Assemblyman Rob Walker (R, C, I, WF - Hicksville) announced that he would once again be working with Adelphi University in an effort to get women to schedule yearly mammograms and disseminate information regarding the importance of early breast cancer detection.

For its "Mother's Day Mammography Campaign," Adelphi University is promoting its Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program, which allows those seeking information to receive potentially life-saving information in a comforting and stress-free manner.

"I've been promoting Adelphi's mammogram campaign for many years, not only because of the statistics regarding breast cancer, but also because of the hundreds of women who have told me just how important programs like this are," said Walker. "It is my hope that through these combined efforts, Adelphi University and I can make a difference in the lives of women throughout Nassau County and New York."

According to the National Cancer Institute, 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with cancer of the breast during their lifetime. Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women, aside from non-melanoma skin cancer and is the No. 1 cause of cancer deaths in Hispanic women. It is the second most common cause of cancer death in white, black, Asian/Pacific Islander, and American Indian/Alaska Native women. If detected early via a yearly mammogram, in addition to self-exams, breast cancer has a 98.1 percent survival rate while the cancer is still confined to the primary site (localized stage).

For more information, Adelphi University encourages women to visit www.adelphi.edu/nysbreastcancer or call their toll free line at 1-800-877-8077 to learn where they can find a free mammogram, locate an accredited mammography facility or receive support and answers to questions about breast cancer.


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