Thursday, 17 October 2013 00:00
The latest statistics tell us that one in eight women in the United States will development breast cancer at some point in her life. Breast cancer is the second highest cause of cancer death among women during the last 25 years. Estimates indicate that 232,340 new cases of breast cancer will be recorded in New York State alone this year; 14,950 of those women will lose their lives as a result of the disease.
While the statistics are daunting, they don’t tell the whole story. On a personal level, we all probably know someone whose life has been touched by a diagnosis of breast cancer; whether it is oneself, a family member or friend. With a disease that knows no barriers, women everywhere are potential victims, regardless of their age, race or past history. This is especially meaningful to me because my mother had breast cancer.
But each year, during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM), we have the opportunity for a dialogue on awareness and education. We get a chance to recommit ourselves to promoting prevention and early detection as ways to protect against the deadly effects of the disease. Caught early, at a localized stage, there is a 98 percent survival rate.
Women are encouraged to perform monthly self-exams, get annual mammograms, and have clinical exams from their doctor. Participating in a healthy lifestyle that includes eating a well-rounded diet, limiting alcohol and tobacco use and regular exercise can help decrease the risks associated with breast cancer as well.
Recently, the Assembly won a victory in the fight against breast cancer with legislation that I supported that will provide funding to map breast cancer incidences throughout New York State. The Breast Cancer Research and Education Fund will promote a greater understanding of the geographic variations in breast cancer incidence and provide women with knowledge of locations within communities where breast cancer is occurring.
All of these measures are steps toward finding ways to reduce the statistics as well as the victims claimed by this disease. The collaborating organizations within NBCAM are working to empower women through awareness and education. While strides have been made there is still much more to do.
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month calls for rededicating ourselves as a community to a cause that requires our attention every day of the year; not just in the month of October.
- Charles Lavine
NY State Assembly District 13
Friday, 13 December 2013 00:00
Syosset High School’s community service-based Interact Club has raised more than $140,000 over the past decade for Gift of Life International, a foundation that provides life-saving heart surgeries to children with congenital heart defects.
Thursday, 12 December 2013 10:25
The delightful and upbeat Annie Bleiberg, who is 93 years young, considers herself a very lucky person.
Bleiberg, a Woodbury resident, was a slave at Auschwitz during the Holocaust and her story of survival is chronicled in We Will Survive, a new book by Grammy award-winning artist Gloria Gaynor, known for her famous song “I Will Survive.”
On Nov. 19, The Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County held its Annual Tribute dinner at the Old Westbury Hebrew Congregation, with more than 400 people in attendance including Bleiberg and Gaynor.
Thursday, 12 December 2013 10:56
The 6th Annual Blazing Trails 4 Autism 4-Mile Run held on Nov. 23 was almost a brand new race—a new community (East Meadow) with a new school (the new Eden II/Genesis School at St. Raphael’s Parish) and a new flat course through some very nice local streets.
Among the 863 finishers were several award winners from local communities: Patty Santella of Syosset (3rd woman 45-49 age group), Kim Solomine of Syosset (1st woman 55-59 age group), Glen Wolther of Jericho (3rd 55-59 age group), Pamela Lee of Syosset (1st woman 60-64 age group) and Bert Jablon of Syosset (1st 85-89 age group).
Thursday, 12 December 2013 10:50
Graduate student and Syosset native Kiera Harrison became the first-ever Loyola University Maryland cross country runner to earn an at-large bid to the NCAA Cross Country Championships, by the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Committee in November.
Harrison will become the first-ever Greyhound to compete at an NCAA Division I Championship in any sport as an individual.
“This was all Kiera’s hard work,” head cross country coach Rick Woods said. “She deserves this opportunity.”The veteran distance runner was the only Patriot League finisher to earn All-Mid-Atlantic Region honors this year, finishing 24th at the regional meet by tying a career-best time of 20:51 on Nov. 15.