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County Executive Bellone Announces Free Educational Seminar on Breast Cancer Screening

Suffolk County will Partner with First Company Pink, Stony Brook University to Encourage Self-Checks and Mammograms.

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The “Getting Checked” seminar will be held on Wednesday, April 19 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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Suffolk County, NY - April 17, 2017 - Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone today announced a free educational seminar with First Company Pink and Stony Brook University to inform residents about the necessity of receiving regular breast cancer screenings.  The “Getting Checked” seminar will be held on Wednesday, April 19 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the H. Lee Dennison Building.    
“Early detection and education are the surest ways to help women of every age understand the importance of getting checked to help defeat breast cancer,” said County Executive Bellone. “I thank Stony Brook University for partnering with Suffolk County to host this free seminar and we will continue to do our part to help spread the message on services that are available.”
The seminar will focus on how to practice self-checks from a young age for males and females, the criticalness of receiving regular mammograms as early as 40 years of age, and the significance of knowing your family history and risks.
The seminar will feature speaker and special guest Dr. Paul Fisher. Dr. Fisher is an Associate Professor of Radiology and Surgery at Stony Brook University who has attended multiple prestigious universities along with winning multiple prestigious awards. He currently serves on the Committee of Admission for Stony Brook Medical School, and serves on the RSNA Scientific Program Committee.  
The County is also partnering with First Company Pink, a local not for profit organization that does fundraising for breast cancer research and awareness. The group also promotes the “Got Checked?” campaign, which emphasizes the importance of getting checked and early detection.
Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women, including younger adults.  The disease is also the second leading cause of cancer deaths among women.
According to national statistics, 1 in 227 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer between the ages of 30 and 40.  The average male’s risk of breast cancer is approximately 1 in 1,000.
In addition, it is estimated that more than 40,000 individuals will succumb to breast cancer each year.  More than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors are alive in the United States today. 
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