William Scarborough
114-52A Merrick Boulevard
St. Albans, New York 11434
(718) 657-5312

Room 602 LOB
Albany, New York 12248
(518) 455-4451


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An important message from...

Dear Friend,

Breast cancer takes the health and lives of far too many of our mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, wives and daughters. In just one year, 12,000 women in New York State will be newly diagnosed with breast cancer. Almost 4,000 women die from breast cancer each year in New York State.

Although we have made progress in breast cancer detection and treatment, women still cannot live without the threat of breast cancer. That is why in 1996, the Legislature established a Breast Cancer Research and Education Fund to research the science and medicine of breast cancer.

Read on for more information about this innovative research fund and how, with even a small, tax deductible donation, you can join the fight against breast cancer.

William Scarborough
Member of Assembly

Early detection is the key to beating breast cancer

All women should have their breasts examined regularly by a doctor to check for any unusual changes, such as a lump or thickening.

In addition, women should learn how to perform a breast self-exam (BSE) and do it each month. A BSE is best done a few days after your period has ended, when the breasts are least likely to be swollen or tender. After menopause, women should choose the same day each month for BSE. This exam is especially important for women over 40 because the risk of breast cancer increases with age. You can get instructions from your physician or the National Cancer Institute by calling 1-800-4 CANCER.

A mammogram, an x-ray of the breast, can show a tumor or change in the breast that is too small to be felt, even by a doctor. Beginning at age 40, a woman should have a mammogram every one to two years. When a woman reaches 50, she should have a mammogram every year.

If a woman finds a lump or notices a change in her breasts, she should see her doctor. About 80 percent of all breast lumps are not cancer, but only a doctor can make a definite diagnosis.

Know the symptoms of breast cancer

a lump or thickening in the breast or under the arm

a change in the size or shape of the breast

discharge from the nipple

a change in the color or feel of the skin of the breast or areola, such as dimpling, puckering or scaliness

You can aid breast cancer research with a tax deductible donation on your state tax return

You can contribute a gift to breast cancer research in New York State by writing in a donation on a special line of your tax return. As little as one dollar can aid this effort to stop breast cancer and the state will match your donation dollar for dollar. Be assured that your contribution will be used only for breast cancer research and education. The Breast Cancer Research and Education Fund is used for innovative research on the causes, prevention, screening, treatment and cure for breast cancer.

The first research grants were awarded in 1998. They supported basic cancer research about the epidemiology and clinical treatment of breast cancer, as well as research into behavioral, environmental and psychological aspects. The grants were distributed to researchers all around New York State.

Your contribution can help ensure the continuation of this vital work. It is also a contribution that is tax deductible from your federal and state income taxes.