Every October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time to celebrate the survivors of breast cancer and to help raise money into treatment and a cure for the disease. There will also be talks and free screenings at various locations.
According to breastcancer.org, about 1 in 8 U.S. women (about 13%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. In 2021, an estimated 281,550 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 49,290 new cases of non-invasive breast cancer.
Below we list a number of events that will happen across Long Island this month.
Northwell Health Pink by the Bay - A towns-wide initiative to light up Main Street ‘pink’ from East Islip through Babylon as a visual reminder for women to get their mammograms. Participating stores will decorate their windows pink and provide education links inside of their stores.
Mather Hospital’s Paint Port Pink - Paint Port Pink is a month-long outreach by the Fortunato Breast Health Center at Mather Hospital with the mission of raising awareness about breast cancer, sharing information and education and fostering solidarity in the community.
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer - Walk at Jones Beach to unite communities in the fight against breast cancer and raise money to help the American Cancer Society fund groundbreaking breast cancer research and provide patient services like free rides to chemo, free places to stay near treatment, and a live 24/7 cancer helpline.