More than 232,000 women will be diagnosed with new cases of breast cancer this year. To help educate women about this disease during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Northwell Health is spearheading breast cancer awareness initiatives.
Women can go to the Northwell Health website all year long, not just in October, and take a free online Breast Cancer Risk Assessment. The web page is a resource for women to estimate their lifetime risk of getting breast cancer, compare their risks by age and ethnicity, and identify different types of breast cancer risk factors.
Women who have their mammographies during October will receive a pink carnation and gift bag at Phelps Hospital in Sleepy Hollow.
On Oct. 12, Northwell Health Imaging at Lenox Health Greenwich Village will hold an interactive discussion on breast health from 6-8 p.m. with Dr. Kavita Patel, who will answer questions on early detection, mammogram screening guidelines, 3D mammography, breast ultrasound and MRI and dense breasts. To RSVP, call: 646-665-6722.
On Oct. 14, a panel of breast cancer experts will hold an informative Q&A at Glen Cove Hospital from 6 to 8 p.m. Attendees will have the opportunity to pose their own questions to the experts. To register, call 516-674-1809
For the past seven years, Northwell Health has been a flagship sponsor of The American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, with Sunday events in Nassau and Suffolk counties. The first takes place Oct. 16 at 9 a.m. at Jones Beach State Park in Wantagh. The second is Oct. 22 at 9 a.m. at Suffolk Community College Eastern Campus in Riverhead.
Learn about the latest options and techniques for breast reconstruction from surgeons and patients who have undergone the surgery at an information seminar on Oct. 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Monter Cancer Center in Lake Success. To register for “My Breast Decisions: Everything You Wanted To Know About Breast Reconstruction,” contact Stephanie Doherty Sdoherty1@northwell.edu.
On Oct. 22, the Northwell Health Mobile Van will be at the Bay Terrace Shopping Center in Bayside from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visitors can get information about breast cancer screenings, prevention and treatment.
On Oct. 25, Huntington Hospital is joining forces with Councilwoman Tracey Edwards and the Town of Huntington Women’s Services for a Women’s Health Empowerment Series on Breast Health. The event will be from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Huntington Town Hall.
On Oct. 27, breast cancer survivor Fran Reali will take the stage at the St. George Theatre on Staten Island and perform her one-woman show. The “Fran Reali-ty of Breast Cancer: A Surreal Satire Survival Story” will benefit patients of the Florina Rusi Marke Comprehensive Breast Center at Staten Island University Hospital. Show time is 8 p.m. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster and the theatre box office.
The Northwell Health Cancer Institute will sponsor breast cancer awareness talks all month on the following dates and locations:
• Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. at the West Babylon Public Library.
• Oct. 13, from 11 a.m. to noon (in Spanish) at the RAICES Senior Center in Corona.
• Oct. 13, at 12:30 p.m. at Leviton Manufacturing in Melville.
• Oct. 19, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Brentwood Public Library.
• Oct. 24, from 6:30-7:30 p.m.(in Spanish) at the Patchogue-Medford Library in Patchogue.
• Oct. 26, at 2 p.m. at the Atria Assisted Living in Great Neck.