Nassau County Executive Laura Curran joined with the American Cancer Society to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness month and remind Long Islanders to “Go Pink” by committing to screening, building awareness and raising funds for research and programs to support breast cancer survivors. The message is more important this year, as many breast cancer treatments, mammograms and other cancer screenings have been impacted by COVID-19.
“One in 8 women in the US will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. Raising awareness about prevention is even more important this year since many people have put off routine checks and screenings because of COVID-19. Thanks to early detection, better screening and treatment options deaths due to breast cancer are decreasing, let’s continue the progress and spread awareness and education,” said Nassau County Executive Curran.
The month of October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Each year it is estimated that over 220,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and over 40,000 will die. In Nassau County alone there are approximately 1,295 cases of breast cancer annually, and 146 deaths annually. As a continuation of the public awareness campaign, County Executive Curran will direct the dome of the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative building to be lit pink on Monday, October 5.
Also, those attendance at the Breast Cancer Month kick-off included: New York State Senator Kevin Thomas, New York State Assemblyman Chuck Lavine, and Nassau County Legislators Debra Mulé, Ellen Birnbaum, Thomas McKevitt and Rose Marie Walker.
The American Cancer Society also announced a reimagining of their Annual Making Strides for Breast Cancer Walk, the largest breast cancer event in the Country. In lieu of gathering by the thousands at Jones Beach State Park, the American Cancer Society invites people to participate in a drive through experience at Jones Beach on Sunday, October 18 between 7am-2pm. Attendees are encouraged to decorate their car exterior in pink. Time slots are mandatory to attend. Reserve your time slot and more information available atwww.makingstrideswalk.org/longisland. Email LongIslandNYStrides@cancer.org or call the American Cancer Society at (631) 300-3212.