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13 landmarks to be lit pink
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Monday announced New York state bridges and landmarks will be lit pink today to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
"Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a time to reflect on those who have lost their lives to breast cancer, as well as those left behind who are deeply impacted by the loss of their friend, colleague or loved one, and recognize those who have beat breast cancer or are currently battling the disease," Hochul said. "This month also serves as a crucial reminder to spread awareness and encourage our loved ones to schedule routine mammograms as well as personal breast exams. We know that early detection is key and, while we recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, our efforts to increase awareness and support for fighters and survivors continues year-round."
State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker said, "Too many New Yorkers have felt the painful loss of a loved one to breast cancer. DOH continues the work of providing services and referrals to those in need of screenings and support whether you are insured or not. With the disruptions over the last 20 months to regular health screenings in light of COVID-19, it is critical that we return to keeping these potentially life-saving screenings and appointments. We all need to work together to raise breast cancer awareness and help all New Yorkers live productive, healthy lives."
The bridges and landmarks to be lit in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month include:
Hochul’s team said, “Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in New York. In 2021, over 255,000 new cases of invasive and noninvasive breast cancer will be diagnosed, and approximately 42,000 of women will die from breast cancer in the U.S. Breast cancer is by far the most common cancer in women worldwide. It is the second-leading cause of cancer-related death in New York women. The best protection against breast cancer is early detection and diagnosis.
“New York state is taking the most aggressive action in the nation to improve access to breast cancer screening to help more women gain access to the health care and services they need and deserve. New York has expanded screening hours at hospitals and clinics, removed insurance barriers and offered paid leave for screenings to all public employees.
“Text GET SCREENED to 81336 to find your nearest breast cancer screening location in New York state.”