Assemblyman Tom McKevitt (R,C,I – East Meadow) has joined forces with the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline and Support Program to increase awareness and to get women to actively participate.
“Fighting breast cancer is among my top priorities not only as a lawmaker but also as a concerned citizen and husband,” McKevitt said. “For that reason, I feel that it is very important for all women to take the necessary precautions to ward off and protect their bodies from disease.”
Among women in the U.S., breast cancer is the most common cancer and the second most common cause of cancer death. In 2007, breast cancer is expected to cause 40,910 deaths. However, this can be prevented just by getting checked regularly and living a healthy lifestyle.
McKevitt is encouraging women to get mammograms at least once a year, perform self- exams and have their breasts examined regularly by a medical professional. “Early detection is the best way that women can protect themselves. Mammograms can find a tumor years before you can. If the tumor is cancerous, it is much better to find it early,” McKevitt stated.
McKevitt urges all women with concerns about breast cancer to contact the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline and Support Program at (800) 877-8077. The hotline and support program has been aiding people for 27 years, offering them information and emotional support. Callers can be directed to resources in their community or supportive social workers and volunteers.
The program is supported and funded by McKevitt and the New York State Legislature, as well as grants and contributions. All services provided by the program are free and available to all those that wish to take advantage.
“Education is the key to fighting breast cancer. Our help is never too far away and with proper support and action you, too, can live a healthy, cancer-free life.”