October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month, and most likely someone you know has been diagnosed with the disease. Long Island Mamas believes in supporting this cause and have compiled local resources in Long Island for our readers to obtain information or find support.
First let’s look at breast cancer facts. While statistics show that death rates have decreased over the last 20 years due to advances in medical science and early detection, last year invasive breast cancer was still diagnosed in one in eight woman or approximately 230,480 people. In addition, roughly 57,650 women were diagnosed with non-invasive breast cancer, and an estimated 2,140 cases of invasive breast cancer were diagnosed in men.
A woman is more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer if she has a mother, sister, daughter or aunt who was diagnosed as well. Breast cancers can also be linked to genetic mutations. These mutations can be found in men as well, therefore increasing the risk of developing breast cancer. Up to 85% of breast cancers occur in woman and men who have no family history which is why awareness and early detection are extremely important. Treatment plans are individualized based on the stage and type of breast cancer found.
The American Cancer Society sponsors fundraising walks throughout the United States all throughout the year. Making Strides of Jones Beach is taking place on October 21, 2012 at 8:00am in Field 4 & 5. For next year, the Long Island 2-day Breast Cancer Walk is a 35 mile walk through Suffolk County that typically takes place in June.
Long Island offers numerous support groups for women who have been recently diagnosed, are undergoing treatment or who are in remission.
Babylon Breast Cancer Coalition
Contact Info: (631) 893-4110, firstname.lastname@example.org
Huntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition
Contact Info: (631) 547-1518, email@example.com
Long Beach Breast Cancer Coalition
Contact Info: (516) 897-1344
Manhasset Women’s Coalition Against Breast Cancer
Contact Info: (516) 627-2410 firstname.lastname@example.org
North Fork Breast Health Coalition
Contact Info: (631) 208-8899, NFBHC@optonline.net
By Pamela Boccia