With Motherís Day fast approaching, Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I Ė Corning) is joining with the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline and Support Program in their annual Motherís Day campaign to encourage women to get mammograms.
"While a vast majority of mammograms prove to be normal, it is still vital for women to get checked out," said Palmesano. "This Motherís Day, I urge you to remind your loved ones of the importance of getting a mammogram."
Women age 40 and over are recommended to get a mammogram every one to two years. Those with a family history of breast cancer should start getting mammograms at an earlier age and should have them performed more often. The mortality rate for breast cancer patients continues to decline, thanks to advancing technology and awareness; spreading awareness is the best way to save the lives of loved ones, noted Palmesano.
For more information, or to locate an accredited mammography facility near you, call the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline at (800) 877-8077 or visit theor Web site. The free hotline also helps women get emotional support from trained volunteers, most of whom are breast cancer survivors.
"Early detection is the best protection against breast cancer, so it is extremely important that women take advantage of this great service," Palmesano stated.