More than 232,000 women will be diagnosed with new cases of breast cancer this year. To help educate women about this disease during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Northwell Health is spearheading breast cancer awareness initiatives on Long Island, Manhattan, Staten Island and Westchester.
Women can go to the Northwell Health website all year long, not just in October, and take a free online Breast Cancer Risk Assessment. The web page is a resource for women to estimate their lifetime risk of getting breast cancer, compare their risks by age and ethnicity, and identify different types of breast cancer risk factors.
Women who have their mammographies during October will receive a pink carnation and gift bag at Phelps Hospital in Sleepy Hollow, NY.
On October 5, Peconic Bay Medical Center will hold a free Breast Cancer Awareness Lunch and Learn from 12-1 p.m. The event will inform women about early detection, prevention, warning signs, breast cancer risks and the importance of mammography and breast health. To register, call: 631-548-6827.
On October 12, Northwell Health Imaging at Lenox Health Greenwich Village will hold an interactive discussion on breast health on from 6-8 p.m. with Dr. Kavita Patel, who will answer questions on early detection, mammogram screening guidelines, 3D mammography, breast ultrasound and MRI and dense breasts. To RSVP, call: 646-665-6722.
On October 14, a panel of breast cancer experts will hold an informative Q&A at Glen Cove Hospital from 6-8 p.m. Attendees will have the opportunity to pose their own questions to the experts. To register, call: 516-674-1809
For the past seven years, Northwell Health has been a flagship sponsor of The American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, with Sunday events in Nassau and Suffolk counties. The first takes place October 16 at 9 a.m. at Jones Beach State Park in Wantagh, NY, The second is October 22 at 9 a.m. at Suffolk Community College Eastern Campus in Riverhead, NY.
Learn about the latest options and techniques for breast reconstruction from surgeons and patients who have undergone the surgery at an information seminar on October 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Monter Cancer Center in Lake Success. To register for “My Breast Decisions: Everything You Wanted To Know About Breast Reconstruction,” contact Stephanie Doherty [email protected]. This event is sponsored by the Northwell Health Cancer Institute.
On October 22, the Northwell Health Mobile Van will be at the Bay Terrace Shopping Center in Bayside from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Visitors can get information about breast cancer screenings, prevention and treatment.
On October 25, Huntington Hospital is joining forces with Councilwoman Tracey Edwards and the Town of Huntington Women’s Services for a Women’s Health Empowerment Series on Breast Health. The event will be from 7-9 p.m. at the Huntington Town Hall.
On October 27, breast cancer survivor Fran Reali will take the stage at the St. Georges Theatre on Staten Island and perform her one woman show. The “Fran Reali-ty of Breast Cancer : A Surreal Satire Survival Story” will benefit patients of the Florina Rusi Marke Comprehensive Breast Center at Staten Island University Hospital. Show time is 8 p.m. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster and the theatre box office.
The Northwell Health Cancer Institute will sponsor breast cancer awareness talks all month on the following dates and locations:
- October 13 at 7 p.m. at the West Babylon Public Library.
- October 13 from 11 a.m.-noon (in Spanish) at the RAICES Senior Center in Corona, NY.
- October 13 at 12:30 p.m. at Leviton Manufacturing in Melville, NY.
- October 19 from 6-7 p.m. at the Brentwood Public Library.
- October 24 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.(in Spanish) at the Patchogue-Medford Library in Patchogue, NY.
- October 26 at 2 p.m. at the Atria Assisted Living in Great Neck, NY.