Mother’s Day: Good Time For Health Reminder

April 28, 2005

"Happy Mother’s Day" to all the wonderful moms out there who will celebrate their special day on Sunday, May 8. My gift to all mothers – and to all women in New York – is to urge them to have their yearly mammograms and breast exams by their physicians.

Early detection is the best defense we have against breast cancer. When discovered early, a large percentage of women and men survive this dreaded disease. I recommend that individuals make appointments for testing as soon as possible.

To locate an accredited mammography facility nearby, call the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program toll-free at (800) 877-8077. Callers with limited income can also find out about low-cost and free mammograms.

The hot line, in existence for 25 years, is a project of the Adelphi University School of Social Work on Long Island, and it’s funded by the state Legislature and Health Department. The hot line receives nearly 3,500 calls each year from concerned women and men throughout New York and attracts 400,000 visitors to its Web site. Questions about breast cancer, mammograms and protection from the disease are answered by medical professionals and breast cancer survivors. The most effective ways to battle breast cancer are early detection and diagnosis.

I hope all New Yorkers will encourage the women in their lives to schedule and carry through with mammograms and breast exams. Working together, we can stop this devastating disease in its tracks.