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October Is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Help make a difference in your community’s fight against breast cancer.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time to remember those who have lost the battle to breast cancer and support those who continue the fight daily. Thanks to improvements in treatment and early detection, more women are winning the fight against breast cancer. As we continue to progress toward a cure, we’re also learning more about how to prevent the disease.

Eliminating breast cancer is an ongoing battle, with prevention and early detection being of utmost importance. Self examinations and mammography screening remain the best available methods to detect breast cancer early. Numerous studies have shown that early detection using mammography screenings greatly improves treatment options and survival. While every woman is unique, in general, survival rates for breast cancer can reach 93 percent when detected in the earliest stages.

The Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program is a great resource for women and families dealing with breast cancer.  If you or someone you know needs help finding an accredited mammography facility or needs help finding free or low cost mammograms, please call the Adelphi New York Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program at 1.800.877.8077. Callers can also get free emotional support from the hotline’s specifically trained volunteers, most of who are women who have had breast cancer. For more information, please visit their website at: www.adelphi.edu/nysbreastcancer.

If you are interested in getting involved in the fight against breast cancer, please check out the following local breast cancer events

Pink Tree Lighting*
Chamber of Commerce, Southampton, Monday, October 1st, 6:30pm  

Look Good, Feel Better Program*
Hampton Bays Library, Tuesday, October 9th, 1:00-3:00pm    

Day of Renewal and Hope for Breast Cancer Survivors*
Cora Maria Retreat House, Sag Harbor, Wednesday, October 10th, 8:30am-4:00pm

Shelter Island 5K Run/Walk for Breast Cancer*
Crescent Beach, Shelter Island, Saturday, October 20th, 10:00am

Mind Body Program for Cancer Patients*
Ed & Phyllis Davis Wellness Institute, Southampton Hospital, Tuesdays, October 23rd- November 20th, 12:30-2:00pm

Free Makeovers for Breast Cancer Survivors*
Macy’s Hampton Bays, Friday October 26th

Real Men Wear Pink Cocktail Party*
South Fork Country Club, Amagansett, Saturday, October 27th, 5:00-7:00pm

Girls Night Out*
230 Elm, Southampton, Wednesday November 7th, 7-10:00pm      

*Please contact Susie Roden at 631.726.8715 or sroden@southamptonhospital.org for more information on these upcoming breast cancer events.

Early diagnosis and other preventive measures, along with the right treatment, can help save lives and end the battle against this deadly disease.

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