In response to October being the national Breast Care Awareness Month, Assemblywoman Sandy Galef announces that there is no longer a reason for women to not to get checked for breast cancer. Adelphi, a New York State Breast Cancer Hotline and Support program now provides free and low-cost mammograms for many low-income women.
“This is an opportunity for many women who thought they did not have access to be able to mammograms because of their cost to be able to have them,” says Galef. “Mammograms are excellent early-detection tools for breast cancer and this organization’s services make them accessible to a wider range of women in New York State.”
Adelphi has had almost 4,000 calls and over 36,000 website visits a year. In addition to the breast cancer support hotline and mammogram, Adelphi hosts numerous wellness programs year round. From massage and aroma therapy to light and healthy cooking, a list of complementary workshops can be found at www.adelphi.edu/nysbreastcancer/events.html. This 25 year old New York State program has over 100 specially trained, professionally supervised volunteers most of whom are breast cancer survivors themselves.
“We want to make sure that every woman in New York is able to get a mammogram,” says Hillary Rutter, the director of the hotline. According to the website, Adelphi has the only comprehensive, university-based, breast cancer counseling program in New York State that is staffed by certified social workers. “Help is just a phone call away.”
Assemblywoman Galef urges women to call the hotline at 1-800-877-8077 or visit the website at www.adelphi.edu/nysbreastcancer.com to learn about the resources available to them.